The 1987 Constitution states two prominent provisions. The first in the Declaration of Principles Article II Section 14, which asserted that “The State recognizes the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.” Additionally, the Article XIII-Labor: Section 14 provided that “The state shall protect working women by providing safe and healthful working conditions taking into account their maternal functions, and such facilities and opportunities that will enhance their welfare and enable them to realize their full potential in the service of the nation”.
Following from constitutional provisions and the subsequent efforts to broaden its principles, numerous legislation were enacted that relates to the various aspects of women and gender concerns including the Gender and Development Law requiring 5% of the government agencies’ budget is for gender concerns. Further, Gender and Development (GAD) Framework and Mainstreaming have been initiated.
The GAD approach seeks to promote equitable and sustainable development by changing unequal gender relations between men and women. This GAD approach addresses not only the practical needs of both sexes but to improve their conditions, but also more importantly, women’s strategic needs.
Mainstreaming of GAD is a strategy for development that ensures that the processes, practices and policies of an organization, program or project are responsive to gender issues and women’s concerns.
In LLDA, a Memorandum Order (MO) was created designating staff from each division as members of the LLDA Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS). It is further strengthen with the issuance of another MO No. 2008-75 reconstituting the LLDA GAD-FPS.
Several activities and programs have been initiated such as Christmas Party cum Family Day, Establishment of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Calauan Office, Livelihood Seminars and Tree Planting Activity in Sta. Maria.
LLDA GAD-FPS has also been participating in the Women’s Month Celebration, forum on RH Bill and GAD- related lectures and seminars in collaboration with DENR-GAD.
Pursuant to Section 36 of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), all government departments, including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, state universities and colleges, government –owned and –controlled corporations, local government units and all other government instrumentalities shall adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy to promote women’s human rights and eliminate gender discrimination in their systems, structures, policies, programs, processes, and procedures;
Under Section 37-C of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the MCW provides that all concerned government agencies and instrumentalities mentioned above shall establish or strengthen their GFPS or a similar Gender and Development (GAD) mechanism to catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming within the agency.
In compliance to this, the LLDA issued Memorandum Order No. 2016-71, entitled “Reconstitution of the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System”and further strengthen through the issuance of Memorandum Order 2017-89 dated November 6, 2017 – Strengthening of LLDA Gender and Development Focal Point System” by creating the Executive Committee headed by the Acting Assistant Manager Generoso M. Dungo and Department Heads as members.
The GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) is a mechanism established to ensure and advocate for, guide, coordinate, and monitor the development, implementation, review and updating of their GAD plans and GAD-related programs, activities and projects (PAPs).
Several activities were undertaken by the LLDA GFPS. Below are the accomplishments for 2017:
- Attendance to the Orientation on Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS) on February 2, 2017 at PCW conference room, Malacanang Compound, manila. The GMMS is an online system for automating the GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) and Accomplishment Report;
- Annual Celebration of the National Women’s Month by Empowering the LLDA employees especially women to alleviate their economic situation through additional source of income through livelihood trainings and seminars on financial investment and health and wellness activities boosting their morale on the importance of fitness for effective and efficient performance of duties;
- Gender and Development Basic Orientation for LLDA Key Officials and GFPS on March 21, 2017 at Torre Venezia Suites;
- Capacity Building for the GFPS including staff from Community Development Division (CDD) and Internal Audit Division (IAD)on Gender and Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) and Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) on June 5-6, 2017 at LLDA Library Conference Room with Atty Mylen B. Gonzales-Esquivel from PCW GAD Resource Pool as resource person and
- Gender Statistics and Analysis by NEDA on July 10-14, 2017 at Los Baños, Laguna
- Conduct of a “Two-day Workshop for the preparation of the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget for CY 2018 and 2019” held on October 3-4, 2017 at Madison 101 Hotel and Tower, Aurora Boulevard, New Manila, Quezon City participated by GFPS and Administrative Division;
- Issuance of Memorandum Order 2017-81 dated November 2, 2017 –“Guidelines on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for Person with Disability” pursuant to Republic Act No. 10524 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, An Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Person with Disability. This is part of the Human Resource Merit and Selection Plan (HRMSP) of LLDA.
- Participation to the 6th GAD Budgeting and Planning Fora by the PCW in partnership with the Commission on Audit (COA) at the Sports and Cultural Center of the COA, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on November 9, 2017.
The LLDA continues its commitment in pursuing and ensuring the processes, practices, policies and programs/projects are gender responsive and addresses gender inequality and other women’s concerns and issues.
Gender and Development Basic Orientation for LLDA Key Officials and GFPS on March 21, 2017 at Torre
NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
Training-Workshop on HGDG and TOOLS on June 5-6, 2017 at the Library Conference Room
18-Day Campaign to End VAW
2018-2019 GAD Planning and Budgeting. October 3-4, 2017, Madison’s Place