First executive session on GAD held

LCEs strengthened commitment on Women Empowerment and Gender Equality

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in partnership with the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID), conducted the first executive session on Gender and Development (GAD) on August 27, 2013 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City.

25 local chief executives (LCE) and legislators from Aklan, Albay, Iloilo, Oriental Mindoro, Sarangani and Surigao del Norte were the participants of the event.

During the session, Camarines Sur 3rd district Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo shared Naga City’s success story on supporting women economic empowerment.

Robredo, the widow of late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse, recalled the practices and principles of engendered leadership set by her husband, who was known to be a champion of good gender-responsive governance.

“Nasa convergence ang sikreto. We can not talk of economic empowerment of women without government helping them out and helping them out is not limited to letting them borrow a small amount of money for capital. It is not enough. It is not limited to giving them free skills training,” she said.

Aside from Rep. Robredo, Sarangani Vice Governor Maria Geraldine “Jinkee” Pacquiao and Bongabong Mayor Hercules Umali also attended the session.

Meantime, PCW Executive Director Emmeline Versoza and PCW Chairperson Hon. Remedios Rikken discussed the roles of LCEs in localizing the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).

At the end of session, LCEs and legislators signed a “commitment of support” on women empowerment and gender equality which aims to eliminate, if not, reduce gender disparities and inequalities in economic, social and political spheres.

The executive session on Gender and Development is one of the sub-activities of the PCW-AECID Project, which focuses on enhancing capacities of PCW, national agencies and local government partners in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the MCW.