Magna Carta of Women localization roll-out session kicks off in Central Luzon
In its commitment to effectively implement the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) at the local level, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Region 3 in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), organized and conducted a Training-Workshop on Gender-Responsive Budgeting on May 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, 2014 at Oxford Hotel in Clark, Pampanga.
380 participants, composed of Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDOs), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDOs), budget, planning and Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD) officers, Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) members, including some Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members and three Local Chief Executives LCEs from 114 local government units, were capacitated during the three-day training-workshop.
Said activity covered discussions on basic GAD concepts, gender mainstreaming, MCW and other GAD-related mandates for local government units (LGUs), PCW-DILG-National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2013-01: Guidelines on the Localization of the MCW, gender analysis lectures and were complemented by workshop sessions.
Moreover, this initiative is DILG Region 3’s response to the aforementioned circular which aims to sustain the initial gender mainstreaming efforts of LGUs with their pivotal role in localizing GAD-related policies and programs, thus making local governance gender-responsive. This endeavor also hoped to pave the way for delivery of services that are sensitive and responsive to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized sector which includes women, as embodied under the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
After recognizing the need to take serious look at gender issues, a participant from Bulacan said the roll-out session enabled them to comprehend the complexities of GAD.
“The presentations in this training were simple and easy to comprehend. The examples were very good. Now we know the difference between sex and gender. It also deepened our understanding on what should be included in the GAD Plan.”
A participant from Tarlac, meantime, shared that: “I’m not familiar with GAD and now naliwanagan ako (I was enlightened).”
The training workshop is also an initial undertaking to jumpstart the implementation of the partnership and convergence component of the PCW Local GAD Resource Program (LGRP).