Gender and Development

Philippine Initiatives on Gender - Responsive Governance

In the Philippines, efforts to make governance gender responsive are promoted through legislation, such as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) which mandates non-discriminatory and pro-gender equality and equity measures to enable women’s participation in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies, plans, and programs for national, regional, and local development.


Also, the Philippine Framework Plan for Women (FPW) indicated actions planned for gender responsive governance to be undertaken by government agencies, LGUs and civil society as follows:


On mainstreaming Gender and Development (GAD) in the bureaucracy –

1. Enforce compliance to GAD mainstreaming policies

2. Enhance existing structural mechanisms to accelerate mainstreaming of GAD

3. Localize GAD mainstreaming efforts

4. Enhance capability of local and regional GAD practitioners/trainors to deliver GAD programs

5. Strengthen linkages and partnerships among various partners


On enhancing women’s leadership roles and participation in decision-making –

1. Ensure equal representation of women in decision-making process at the local , national and international levels

2. Promote gender-responsive management and transformative leadership


On strengthening women’s role in promoting gender-responsive governance –

1. Enhance role of women’s organizations in anti-corruption programs

2. Enhance women’s role in peace building and conflict resolution


On strengthening partnership with media in covering various women issues –

1. Enhance gender sensitivity of media practitioners

2. Set up enabling mechanism to facilitate exchange of data, information, tools, etc. between media and government pertinent to GAD concerns


Significant progress has been achieved in terms of implementing said measures in the FPW. The Country Gender Assessment (CGA, 2008) has noted that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has issued annual budget circulars since 1997 that support the implementation of GAD budgets at the local level. Currently, the local budget circular on internal revenue allotment requires agencies to apply a minimum of 5 percent of the funds for GAD.


Projects that have been implemented under the GAD budget include providing health services, advocating and disseminating information on gender issues, building capacity and providing technical assistance on GAD and other gender issues, establishing or improving service facilities for women, issuing policies on gender, establishing databases and mechanisms for reporting on gender issues, improving awareness of gender issues when undertaking development planning at the national and local levels, and revising textbooks to remove social and gender stereotypes.


15SW GAD Focal Point

New Composition of the 15SW GAD Focal Point

NAME OFFICE DESIGNATION
COL AUGUSTO D DELA PEÑA O-10053 PAF (MNSA) ODWC Chairperson
LTC FERDINAND P LIWAG O-13172 PAF ODP Vice Chairperson
MAJ JEFFREY ABEGAIL C MORALES O-13537 PAF WPM Member
MAJ EFREN S CUDAL II O-142929 JAGS JAGO Member
MAJ NANCY R DACANAY O-14021 PAF 462SS Member
MAJ JOCELYN S JOSE O-14319 PAF CEIS Member
1LT MA KATRINA F NABUA O-16666 PAF MFO Member
1LT MICHELL SHANE A CULANG O-142434 PAF ODP Member
1LT GELBERT P SAGUN O-143180 PAF 460MSG Member
1LT REYMOND M LEDESMA O-145663 PAF 590ABG Member
SMSg Leonito B Siaotong 732638 PAF WSM Member
TSg Mary Ann A Perez 829875 PAF MDAABH Member
Sgt Cindy A Domingo 862988 PAF OESPA Member
AW2C Jean M Palma 915562 PAF ODO Member
AM Jomel G Pascua 918848 20th AS Member
Ms Mercedita N atienza CE ODP Member

Laws, Issuances, and other Legislations on Women