GAD Local Learning Hub: Iloilo

Local government units (LGUs) doing gender mainstreaming need strong leadership and commitment, organized women’s groups, adequate resources — and lots of inspiration — to see things through. In fact, when gender mainstreaming is not explicitly defined in the LGUs’ development plans, Gender and Development (GAD) efforts may not be realized at all. As a form of assistance and in keeping up with the unique contexts and specific needs of LGUs, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) then “localized” its Technical Assistance Blueprint in accordance with gender-related mandates and as provided for by the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) (RA 9710).

In 2014, PCW added the GAD Local Learning Hubs (GAD LLHs) to its LGU-centered technical assistance portfolio, the aim of which is to showcase innovative GAD structures, processes, and programs that have been sustained, if not improved by LGUs through the years. GAD LLHs are meant for sharing and replicating good practices, ultimately giving other LGUs the opportunity to think GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT LOCAL LEARNING HUBS GAD LOCAL LEARNING HUBS Women lead the establishment of the Integrated Gender and Development Division outside the box when implementing GAD initiatives. LGUs seeking to imbibe GAD innovations can learn from the GAD LLHs and get inspiration on how to infuse GAD in local governance and public service.

One of the five PCW-certified GAD LLHs is Iloilo Province. Using the Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) Framework and System, the Provincial Government has innovated its gender mainstreaming strategy by first mapping out Iloilo’s short- to long-term GAD targets and then aligning these with the vision of the province. The Provincial Government has also “converged” with like-minded institutions and organizations to bring to the forefront women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in local development.

The Results-based Monitoring (RBM) framework and the convergence-for-WEE strategy was introduced to the Provincial Government in 2009 when Iloilo became a partner of PCW under the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project.

A Framework and System for Gender-responsive Governance

Goal-setting, social transformation, and results. These are but a few concepts often associated with local governance. Incidentally, Philippine politics is replete with stories of top and mid-level LGU planners who find it difficult to align short-term objectives with long-term goals. Challenging the old ways is tricky, but definitely a noteworthy endeavor, most especially for LGUs.

In 2010, as part of its institutional reforms, the Provincial Government embarked on a new mission by focusing on “Eight Strategic Thrusts” (health, environment, agriculture, education and social welfare, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, public service, and good governance). Consequently, Executive Order No. 6 was issued to institutionalize GAD in all of the province’s programs, projects, and activities. This makes the “Eight Strategic Thrusts” innovative, such that GAD principles like women’s access to resources and opportunities, as well as the shared benefits for women and men in local development, have become crosscutting themes in politics and public service.

In 2012, Executive Order No. 181 called on all machineries of the Provincial Government to use the Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) Framework and System. The RBME is one of the approaches identified by the Provincial Government in attaining gender-responsive governance.

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