SAN FERNANDO CITY Feb 21 (PIA) - With the aim to continue and sustain the effort to transform government office into gender-responsive institutions, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC-1) set the 1st Ilocos GAD Convention on March 25-27, 2020.
The convention with the theme: "Strengthening and Sustaining Gender Mainstreaming at the Regional and Local Level," will further enhance the knowledge of the participants about gender concepts, analysis and agenda setting.
"I am positive that this convention will empower our participants to appreciate the need to identify and address the existing gender issues and challenges in a regional scope," said Commission on Human Rights regional director and RGADC-1 chairperson Atty. Harold Kub-aron during the 1st quarter meeting of the committee.
He also mentioned it was observed in the discussions of the committee that there is a need to capacitate stakeholders on various GAD concepts, tools and strategies in order to meet the overwhelming demand for GAD assistance.
"The activity will also showcase the best practices of Region 1 specifically on policy recommendations, systems and actions that may be adopted by the participants to facilitate gender mainstreaming," Atty. Kub-aron added.
Some of the topics that will be included are on RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and its institutional mechanisms, mainstreaming GAD in the academe sector, the Gender Responsive Local Government Unit (GeRL) Tool, the role of CHR as GAD Ombudsman, the use of gender-fair language in government communications, and many other GAD discussions related to health, policies and planning.
Moreover, the convention will be conducted in partnership with the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur and is targeting a total of one hundred participants from the regional line agencies, local government units and the academe.
The activity will be spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and CHR together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Regional Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE-1).
Other government partners include Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the provincial governments of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, and La Union also as members of the technical working group.
The gender approach to development, also known as GAD, was introduced in the government in the early 1990s as an alternative development strategy. It seeks to transform the way government pursues development to respond effectively and with sensitivity to issues confronting women. (JNPD/AHFF/PIA1)