Representatives of various government and non-government organizations participate in a panel discussion of GAD-related concerns in CAR. (Inset: RDC Vice-Chairperson and NEDA-CAR Director presented the RGADC and its role in the achievement of national and regional development priorities, while RDC Secretary and NEDA-CAR Asst. Director Jedidia L. Aquino presented an assessment of GFPS in CAR.

 

The members of the Cordillera Regional GAD Committee committed to create, reconstitute and strengthen their respective GAD Focal Point Systems (GFPS), even as they collectively strive for a well-documented, structurally-compliant, capacitated and functional GFPS.

The commitment was made during the First Cordillera Administrative Region GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Assembly conducted on May 30-31, 2018 at Venus Park View Hotel in Baguio City.  It was attended by 261 representatives from the region’s RLAs, LGUs at the provincial, city, and municipal levels, SUCs, and civil society organizations.

Other commitments made during the Assembly are as follows:  (1) assess and collectively address issues and challenges on gender mainstreaming (e.g., GAD planning and budgeting difficulties, institutionalization of a gender-responsive curriculum, high incidence of teenage pregnancy and VAWC); (2) establish a CAR RGAC-certified GAD Resource Pool; and (3) identify and certify GAD Local Learning Hubs in the region.

The activity began with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan welcoming the participants.  He underscored the importance of Cordillera culture in mainstreaming gender and development.  Sharing their knowledge and expertise on GAD were Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Executive Dir. Emmeline Verzosa, PCW Chief GAD Specialist Nharleen Santos-Millar, and Sr. GAD Specialist Mr. Kim Harold Peji.

Providing the local flavor to GAD mainstreaming were NEDA-CAR Dir. Milagros Rimando, NEDA-ARD Jedidia Aquino, DOST OIC-RD Nancy Bantog, DOST ARD Ma. Rowena Madarang, POPCOM Director Rosa Fortaleza, and CHED Director Ma. Geraldine Casipit.  Also sharing inputs on GAD-related issues in the region were representatives of DOH, PROCOR, CSC, DOJ, and DILG.  Meanwhile, RDC Private Sector Representative and People’s Organization for Social Transformation President Dr. Ferdinand Gonzales and Tebtebba’s Ms. Eleanor Bang shared their thoughts on male involvement in GAD advocacy and the role of culture in gender mainstreaming.

Representatives from POPCOM, the Provincial Government of Benguet, and the Ifugao State University also shared lessons and good practices on GAD mainstreaming.

The two-day activity was organized by the Cordillera Regional GAD Committee (CAR RGADC) headed by the DOST-CAR, with NEDA and DOST providing the technical and administrative secretariat support.  xxx