The Philippine Commission on Women has been recognizing notable efforts on gender and development. Implementing the Gender Justice Awards in 2003 and 2008 highlighted the judiciary’s crucial role in addressing violence against women (VAW). The year-long Search for Outstanding VAW-Responsive Local Government Units from 2008 to 2009 acknowledged the local governments with excellent gender-sensitive VAW initiatives, policies, and programs.
The GADtimpala Trophy
Launched for the first time during the 10th Anniversary of the Magna Carta of Women, the massive piece symbolizes women’s fortitude, dignity, progressiveness, compassion, and grace. It was created by renowned Filipino artist and sculptor Ms. Julie Lluch. She founded the Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol ng Kamalayan (KASIBULAN), an organization of women artists in the Philippines.
Made of resin, fiberglass, and marble cast, the trophy is an image of a Filipino woman, the Pearl of the Orient radiating every Filipino woman’s spirit, wisdom, grace, and long history of bravery and valor. Her stance represents woman’s entire quest for empowerment and equality.
This trophy shall be conferred to outstanding government agencies and programs that have successfully pushed gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country.
In pursuant to the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, PCW launched the Gender and Development Transformation & Institutionalization through Mainstreaming of Programs, Agenda, Linkages & Advocacies or GADtimpala in 2013, and the recognitions were conferred during the National Women’s Month celebration in March 2014. This award endeavors to recognize deserving entities, government agencies, and local government units for their outstanding performance in gender mainstreaming and the effective implementation of gender-responsive programs. Such programs should have visible impacts in upholding women’s rights, achieving gender equality and empowerment, and transforming women’s and men’s lives.
First GADtimpala Bronze Awardees:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
In 2015, the Media and Gender Equality Committee (MGEC), led by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the PCW, conferred the GADtimpala for Media. The awards recognized gender-fair programs in radio, TV, film, and print media.
- Most Gender-Fair TV Program – GMA Network’s “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho”
- Most Gender-Fair Radio Program – DZRH-Earthsavers Movement’s “Radyo Balintataw”
- Most Gender-Fair Film – APT Entertainment and Octobertrain’s “Barber’s Tales”
- Most Gender-Fair Print Media – Journal Group of Publication’s “Women’s Journal”
GADtimpala 2018 only covered national government agencies. The awards were conferred on August 14, 2019, in time for the 10th anniversary of the Magna Carta of Women.
GADtimpala Bronze for Outstanding Gender-Responsive Government Agency
These are government agencies with outstanding performance in mainstreaming gender and development in their policy review and formulation, program conceptualization and implementation, and development and implementation of gender-responsive mechanisms.
- Commission on Audit (COA)
- Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
- Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
- National Housing Authority (NHA)
GADtimpala Bronze for Outstanding Gender-Responsive Government Flagship Programs
These agencies’ programs or projects exhibit the elements of being gender-responsive and have a notable impact on the lives of women and men.