TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan (PIA) - - Members of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) had actively participated in the Seminar-Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) on April 19-20.
Dr. Teresita Tabaog, who served as resource speaker, said the seminar-workshop aimed to capacitate GAD focal persons of Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) on the importance of GMEF in measuring the extent of their gender mainstreaming efforts.
“GAD should not be treated as a separate project but one that should be found in all programs and projects of government agencies,” Tabaog said.
Tabaog urged members of RGADC to use the GMEF in measuring gains and successes and identify areas for improvement in the way GAD perspective is mainstreamed in their respective organizations.
She added that there are various gender analysis tools suitable to the needs of intended stakeholders, like the GMEF for institutions/organization, which were developed by the Philippine Commission on Women to gauge the level of organizational gender-responsiveness of government agencies in the country.
Representatives of each participating agency also shared their GMEF Final Score, Gender Issues and GAD plans and budget (GPBs) before the committee for inputs.
The presentation also highlighted each agency’s best GAD practices which were attributed to the GMEF indicators that have highest scores.
The GMEF tool was originally developed in 2001 by the then National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) to help government agencies plan, monitor, track and assess the progress of Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives, and provided a holistic view of the gender mainstreaming process.
In 2014, the GMEF was advanced by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and now has a new descriptor matrix with validated and improved gender indicators and scoring guidelines.
The PCW pool speaker reiterated that Gender Mainstreaming or GAD mainstreaming is the major global strategy for ensuring that the government pursues gender equality in all aspects of the development process to achieve the vision of a gender-responsive society where women and men equally contribute to and benefit from development.
The RGADC is set to conduct another leveling session for newly designated GAD focal persons on May 4. (MDCT/PIA Cagayan)