NEDA Region 5, as chair of the Regional Gender and Development Committee of the Regional Development Council 5, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), spearheaded the conduct of the 1st Regional GAD Budget Fora for regional line agencies (RLAs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local government units (LGUs) on October 29 and 30. The two-day activity was attended by GAD focal persons, planning and budget officers of various RLAs and SUCs on the first day and of different LGUs in the region on the second day.
The fora aimed at orienting the regional line agencies (RLAs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local government units (LGUs) on the Guidelines for the Preparation of the Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget and Accomplishment Report including the supplemental guidelines on the procedure of GPB. It provided the venues that clarified issues and concerns encountered in the preparation and implementation of annual GAD Plans and Budgets.
The common issues raised were: (a) difficulty in the attribution of 5 percent GAD Funds; (b) intricacy in the identification of GAD programs, activities and projects of RLAs with highly centralized operations; (c) non-harmonization of interpretations of DILG and COA guidelines, and (d) lack of appreciation/support on GAD mainstreaming efforts by some local chief executives and members of agencies’ GAD focal point system.
PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa, congratulated the Bicol RGADC for its steadfast commitment to actively engage the national government agencies, and other institutions toward achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Bicol Region. Her challenge to RGADC, it being a GAD mechanism on gender equality in the region, is to be the first and foremost committee equitably represented by women. The Bicol RGADC, having the most number of women as permanent members of the committee, was awarded with Women Lead Award during the 2nd RGADC Summit organized by PCW and NEDA.
She also highlighted the efforts of PCW in providing strategic, appropriate and effective technical assistance on GAD matters to RLAs and SUCs. She encouraged the participants to implement GAD beyond compliance to be able to pursue inclusive development that leaves no one behind.
“Let us keep working efficiently towards mainstreaming GAD in our respective organization’s systems and processes, and in the implementation of our major flagship programs to achieve gender equality” Dir. Verzosa said.
RD Agnes E. Tolentino, encouraged the participants to further pursue gender mainstreaming in their respective offices and LGUs. The RGADC is committed to strengthen the capacities of GAD Focal Point System members and ensure top-level support to pursue gender and development mainstreaming and the localization of the Magna Carta of Women in the region.
ARD Edna Cynthia S. Berces welcomes the participants
PCW Ms. Jeannette Kindipan-Dulawan presenting the Guidelines for the preparation of Annual GPB and Accomplishment Report to implement the Magna Carta of Women
Ms. Karen G. Dagñalan and Ms. RonalynV. Hufancia presenting the national and regional trends in GPB and GAD AR submission in Bicol
The GAD focal persons, planning and budget officers of various regional line agencies and state universities and colleges
The GAD focal persons, planning and budget officers of local government units on
the second day of the fora
PCW Commissioner for Education and Academe Cristita C. Triunfante moderates the open forum