May 18, 2022

The GAD guidelines are designed to use those involved in developing, implementing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating development programs and projects in the Philippines. These are supposed to help evaluate or assess projects for funding. Through its Gender and Development Focal Point System, the Provincial Government of Bulacan is continuously addressing gender issues through the gender mainstreaming of policies, processes, plans, and programs being implemented in the Provincial Government of Bulacan. The programs, projects, and activities must contribute to attaining a Gender Responsive Local Governance. Eliminating discrimination and Gender Inequality between women and men are issues addressed in the preparation of GAD Planning and Budgeting.
Hence, to ensure that the plans are designed to align with the GAD goals of the province, a gender analysis tool must be conducted to measure and assess the level of gender responsiveness of programs. Through the Harmonized GAD Guidelines capacity building/workshop, the GAD Mechanism, the GAD Focal Point System, will effectively measure the outcome and effectiveness of the program's plan for implementation.

The training will consist of thirty-three women (33) GFPS-TWG members and three (3) GFPS TWG men. The training will ensure that everyone will be capacitated and develop skills and knowledge in the different stages of GAD Planning and Budgeting and re-assess the gender responsiveness of its regular programs.

To provide a better understanding and clarification on using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) and further increase the attribution of PGB's programs and projects that contributed to Gender and Development.

Objective(s): The HGDG was developed to provide a standard instrument for integrating gender perspectives in development programs and projects among government agencies, donor organizations, and other stakeholders. It has been in use for more than a decade now, and it has successfully facilitated gender mainstreaming efforts, including the recognition of the value of GAD checklists. From the eight (8) sectoral checklists developed in 2004, 20 sectoral checklists are currently being used. Since 2013, a number of government agencies have provided resources and developed their own GAD checklists
tailored to the needs of their sectors.

Some of the objectives are:

To provide a better understanding and clarification on how to use the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG);
Become experts in using HGDG sectoral checklists;

1. Use HGDG in integrating gender perspectives in development programs and projects; and
2. Mainstream and integrate gender key concepts in their respective office GAD PPAs, well thereby providing equal opportunity to all genders
3. In this light, all Participants must bring a copy of their submitted Gender Sensitive Proposals for workshop purposes.

The GAD Focal Point System Technical Working Group Chairperson, Ms. Analiza S. Ileto has conducted the HGDG Workshop on May 17, 2022 at Balagtas Hall, Hiyas Convention, City of Malolos, Bulacan.