Gov’t fight to guard women’s rights not yet Over
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced it will be conducting gender workshops around the country so that the Magna Carta for Women (MCW) will be fully implemented at the local level.
DILG Undersecretary for Local Government and Gender and Development Focal Point (GAD-FP) Chairperson Austere Panadero said that local government units (LGU) must fulfill the requirements of MCW by strengthening their local GAD system.
‘The MCW [says] local governments [should] promote and ensure that GAD [participates] in local policy-making, planning, programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation,’ said the chairperson.
To do this, members of local GADs must be trained on gender mainstreaming, which is based on the MCW’s implementing rules and regulations. Six training programmes will be conducted by the DILG from April to May this year: three in Luzon, one in Visayas and two in Mindanao.
The training programmes are aimed for provincial GAD co-ordinators and Provincial Grassroot Budgeting Focal Persons, who will then be responsible to coach and mentor their respective LGUs on how to:
1. Prepare a GAD plan and budget, monitoring and evaluation systems
2. Formulate a GAD Code
3. Establish a GAD database
4. Create and/or strengthen their GAD Focal Point
5. Mainstream gender in local development plans
Chairperson Panadero said the aim of the programmes is to ‘eliminate gender discrimination in government systems, policies and procedures as mandated by the MCW.’
The training programmes to be conducted by the DILG GAD-FP comply with a joint circular issued by the DILG, Philippine Commission on Women, Department of Budget and Management and National Economic and Development Authority requesting all LGUs to improve the implementation of the MCW at the grass roots level.