COL ARAUS ROBERT F MUSICO PAF (GSC), the newly installed Chairperson of the 15th Strike Wing Gender and Development Focal Point Committee (15SWGADFPC), had his oath of designation. COL MUSICO then inducted the new members of the 15SWGADFPC.
The 15th Strike Wing fully supports Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 in celebration of breastfeeding awareness month. As such, the 15SW GADFPC, pursued the immediate designation of Breastfeeding area in the different units of the Wing that can easily be transformed temporarily into a private area where mothers can breastfeed their babies/toddlers should the situation arises.
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.
New Composition of the 15SW GAD Focal Point
COL ARAUS ROBERT F MUSICO PAF (GSC)
LTC JEFFREY ABEGAIL C MORALES PAF
MAJ REESE JAMES A OBESO PAF
MAJ NANCY R DACANAY PAF
MAJ JOCELYN S JOSE PAF
MAJ IRENE ABUTAS PAF
2LT GERALD DARRAS PAF
1LT MICHELL SHANE A CULANG PAF
1LT RUEL EVANGELISTA PAF
2LT JERVY D MALACAO PAF
SMSg Leonito B Siaotong PAF
TSg Mary Ann A Perez PAF
Sgt Cindy A Domingo PAF
Sgt Cindy A Domingo PAF
AW2C Mary Grace R Encarnacion PAF
Ms Mercedita N atienza CE