Gender and Development Local Learning Hub

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), through its Local Gender and Development Resource Program (LGRP), developed the Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hub (LLH) as a certification procedure for local government units (LGUs) with notable GAD interventions. It aims to institutionalize the sharing and replication of local experiences, and showcase GAD-related innovations to initiate and/or strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts. 

GAD LLH Certification Process

The LGUs that are interested for GAD LLH Certification are expected to undertake the following steps as part of its application process:

  • accomplish the GAD LLH Profile Form
  • submit the supporting documents/means of verification (MOVs)

LGUs with complete MOVs will be assessed and shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • Presence of GAD-related program/facility
  • Viability and replicability of program/facility
  • Impact of the GAD program/facility to the LGU and its constituents
  • Contribution of the GAD program/facility to national plans, policies and programs

If shortlisted, the LGU applicants will proceed to the final assessment process. This includes validation visits and review of relevant gender analysis tools administered to the LGUs and/or to its programs/facilities. The complete guide for the GAD LLH Application Process is now being drafted and will be posted in this website, as well as the schedule of activities for the next batch of GAD LLH profiling.

Existing GAD LLHs

In 2015, PCW has certified five (5) LGUs with notable GAD practices and programs. They were re-certified in 2018:

Aklan Province

Aklan Comprehensive Center for Women (ACCW)

Since its establishment in 2001, the ACCW served as a 24-hour receiving and halfway center for walk-ins, referrals, and rescued women and children under crisis. Referral is an integral mechanism of ACCW’s operations. Using the Violence Against Women (VAW) Referral System Guidelines developed by PCW and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the center provides referrals for legal and medical assistance, counseling services, and psychiatric and psychological evaluation to Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) survivors.

Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) Aklan Chapter

In 2007, PCW organized the Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE) as a national organization of men working to end VAW. A year later, the Provincial Government of Aklan organized the MOVE-Aklan Chapter. Its members are government employees, barangay officials, young men, private individuals, as well as farmers.

Membership expansion is done mainly through advocacy, education, and training on VAWC and VAW-related legislations. With MOVE-Aklan’s initiatives in conducting GAD-related activities, the organization has gained its popularity as champions on promoting women’s rights.

Quezon Province

Quezon Provincial GAD (PGAD) Office

The establishment of PGAD Office resulted in the increased participation rate of the department heads on their GAD-related activities. The PGAD Office consistently provides GAD technical assistance to the departments of the Provincial Government and other stakeholders of the Province. Because of this, the Office has contributed to the promotion of gender-responsive planning and implementation of gender-responsive programs, activities, and services.

Lingap Kalusugan para sa Barangay (LKB) Program

The LKB Program was designed to ensure that indigent families, including those from remote and island-based barangays, could use coupons to fully or partially pay for medical checkups and buy medicines.

The health coupons were distributed to qualified families of various barangays. They have specific value or denomination which the families could use as payment for hospital bills, medicine, and other applicable health-related expenses. Overall, it contributed to the increase of health-seeking behavior of women and men, most especially on concerns related to family planning and reproductive health.

Quezon’s Sustainable Community-based Greening Program or Quezon’s 2-in-1 Program

The Quezon’s 2-in-1 Program is a multi-sectoral conservation and rehabilitation effort to protect mangrove forests. It provides a sustainable livelihood for the coastal communities of the Province. It also covers maintenance and protection of mangrove sites, conduct of monitoring and evaluation activities.

Because of this program, the Province launched a province-wide contest on Best Performing Barangays.

Moreover, this program helps the families generate additional income, providing an alternative source of income for women, thus addressing their practical needs while maintaining and improving their environment.

Iloilo Province

Partnership and Convergence with Municipal LGUs on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Program

The WEE Program empowers women micro-entrepreneurs to start and sustain their local businesses. It provides programmatic capacity development trainings on business management, mobile basic entrepreneurship, product marketing, packaging, and labelling, among others.

The Iloilo Province has also expanded this Program by conducting barangay-based trainings for micro-entrepreneurs who are residing in its geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

Davao City, Davao del Sur

Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD)

The IGDD serves as the coordinative, regulatory, and monitoring body for all the GAD efforts of the City. It coordinates with regional line agencies, barangays, and other stakeholders from policy to program-level efforts. It continuously strengthens its GAD advocacy by building strong partnerships with women’s groups, local governments, media, academe, private institutions, and local communities.

Davao City Office of the Special Counsel on Violence Against Women and Children (OSC on VAWC)

The OSC on VAWC is composed of lawyers whose primary objective is to address violence committed against women and children. They provide legal support services, specifically on the protection of women and children’s rights.

Through OSC on VAWC, survivors seeking free legal service can work with the OSC lawyers, who then initiate complaints and represent them before judicial, quasi-judicial, and administrative courts.

In fulfilling its duties, the OSC on VAWC coordinates with other government bodies and non-government organizations with mandates and expertise on VAWC.

The creation of the OSC on VAWC is a trailblazing initiative by the City Government and has been responding to the needs of women and children in addressing all forms of gender-based violence through free legal assistance.

Child-Minding Centers (CMC)

The CMC was established to cater to the children of government employees, well as its communities. Children aged three (3) months to three (3) years old are provided with safe, quality caring and stimulating environment while their parents/guardians are working.

The facilities are open from 8 AM to 5 PM to keep up with the schedule of working parents/guardians. The CMCs promote the Magna Carta on Women’s (MCW) provision for the right to decent work, as it enables women to balance family responsibilities and work obligations. The Centers also  promote basic services and facilities for family, community, and women’s welfare.

Ray of Hope Village

The Ray of Hope Village is recognized as the first jail facility for females of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. It caters exclusively to the well-being of persons deprived of liberty (PDL).  Beyond physical infrastructures, the City Government and its institutional partners also provide skills training and livelihood activities at the Village. The PDL also participates in education programs through the Alternative Learning System.

The Ray of Hope Village responds to MCW’s relevant provisions on providing services and interventions like segregated facilities, health and sanitation, skills and livelihood training, and financial assistance.

Naga City, Camarines Sur

Barangay Growing Opportunities for Wealth (GrOW) Negosyo Program

The GrOW Negosyo Program aims to help barangay-based microenterprises identify the available livelihood assistance and enterprise resources in their immediate communities. Its activities include training on business management and provisioning of LGU assistance for new product and service development. It also ensures that local enterprises know their place in the supply chain of raw materials. Given its positive impact to communities, Barangay GrOW Negosyo was carried over to succeeding years and now gets continuous support and funding from the City Government.

Bantay Familia

Bantay Familia is a crisis center that gives premium to the importance of addressing gender-based violence (GBV) from a multisectoral and community-based perspective. It intervenes in VAWC cases by rescuing women and children survivors, and immediately providing or referring them to temporary shelters and delivering social, psychological, and legal services.

Bantay Familia also guarantees that GAD is mainstreamed in the City Government’s programs, plans, and budgets. Overall, Bantay Familia’s sphere of influence in Naga City is far-reaching, especially on GBV prevention, rescue and protection of survivors, networking and referral to service providers, and rehabilitation of perpetrators.

Naga City’s Breastfeeding Program

The Naga City Breastfeeding Program was recognized by PCW for institutionalizing breastfeeding support mechanisms and for establishing mother-baby friendly spaces in both public and private institutions in the City. First initiated in 2010, the program organizes the Breastfeeding Support Groups in 27 barangays that serve as the arm of City Population and Nutrition Office in extending counselling for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Newly Certified GAD LLH

In March 2019, the Commission certified seven (7) new LGUs. Their certifications are valid for three (3) years.

Abra de Ilog Municipality, Occidental Mindoro

Likha Iraya

Likha Iraya was established in 2012 as one of the livelihood programs of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. The Program was envisioned to promote the participation of indigenous women in enterprise development while promoting their native and traditional art works, and preserving their skills and culture.

Likha Iraya is notable for organizing and strengthening the community-based handicraft enterprises of Iraya Mangyan women and for promoting indigenous peoples culture through the convergence of different government offices.

Baybay City, Leyte

Barangay Management Information System (BMIS)

The BMIS collects and utilizes barangay-based sex-disaggregated data (SDD) for gender-responsive local development plans. Through BMIS, Baybay City was able to consolidate and analyze the SDD and gender-related information of its 92 barangays. Since its implementation, the collected data in the System has been used in the formulation and updating of gender-responsive local development plans.


Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Program

The implementation of the WEE Program has granted women with economic opportunities to support themselves and their families. To ensure sustainable growth of the women-led enterprises, the City  has provided the equipment and machineries for processing raw materials. The Program has empowered women beneficiaries to become not only economically independent but also self-reliant.

Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program

The City of Mabalacat enhanced its ECCD Program by integrating gender perspective in the ECCD teaching manual, and by providing quality and gender-sensitive services and facilities for age-appropriate development of young children. The Program institutionalized GAD discussion in its ECCD parent-beneficiaries regular orientation. In addition, gender sensitive approaches to learning were adopted and applied when conducting activities and games with children.

Misamis Occidental

Provincial GAD Office

The PGAD Office leads the provision of GAD-related technical assistance to 14 municipalities and three (3) component cities of the Province. This resulted in more city/municipal LGUs with submitted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-endorsed GAD Plan and Budget in the last three (3) years.

The PGAD Office is notable for coordinating and monitoring the gender mainstreaming efforts of the Province and for providing GAD-related capacity development activities towards gender-responsive local governance.

Palawan Province

Lualhati Women Center (LWC)

The Palawan Women’s Foundation established the Lualhati Women Center (LWC) in 2006 primarily to provide safe lodging services with minimal daily fee to women who have nowhere to stay while working in Puerto Princesa City.

A year after its operations, the Center catered to Women and Girls in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC) due to the increased reported cases on sexual violence. As a residential care services center, the LWC provides the basic and safety needs to its clients and refers them to appropriate psychological, social, medical, and legal assistance.

Pangasinan Province

Pangasinan Crisis Intervention Center (PCIC)

The PCIC was established in 2006 as a special unit of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office catering to individuals and families in difficult circumstances and crisis situations.

The Center, operating on a 24-hour basis, provides integrated services such as rescue and protection, financial assistance, and referrals for medical, legal, psychosocial services to its clients. It also extends its services to the communities by conducting awareness raising campaigns on child sexual abuse and gender-based violence in different schools and barangays in the Province.

Quezon City

Social Hygiene and Sundown Clinics

The Social Hygiene and Sundown Clinics of Quezon City are notable for addressing the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through accessible and non-discriminatory prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. To date, the three (3) social hygiene clinics (SHC) namely: SHC-Klinika Bernardo, SHC-Project 7, and SHC-Batasan have served thousands of clients that contribute to the City’s overall strategy in combating the spread of STIs and HIV.

Quezon City Protection Center (QCPC)

The QCPC serves as a one-stop facility that provides a multi-disciplinary approach to respond to the needs of women, children, and people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) who are victim-survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). With support from national government agencies, and non-government organizations, it adopts a holistic case management to facilitate healing, recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of GBV victim-survivors to their families. The QCPC not only strives to support the GBV victim-survivors and to empower them to fight for their rights but it also fulfills its crucial commitment in increasing barangay’s knowledge in handling GBV cases.