The Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710) defines Gender and Development Program (GAD) as the development perspective and process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials. It seeks to achieve gender equality as a fundamental value that should be reflected in development choices and contends that women are active agents of development, not just passive recipients of development.
GAD focuses on Gender Mainstreaming or a strategy for:
|II. BACKGROUND/PERTINENT LAWS:|
(1) Executive Order No. 273 – Approving and Adopting the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD) 1995-2025
Executive Order (EO) 273, issued on September 9, 1995 and signed by President Fidel V. Ramos, adopted the Philippine Plan for Gender Responsive Development IPPGD) 1995-2025. The PPGD 1995-2025 is a 30 year perspective plan that outlines the policies, strategies, programs and projects that the government must adopt to enable women to participate in and benefit from national development while EO 273 directs all government agencies, departments, bureaus, offices and instrumentalities, including government owned and controlled corporations, at the national level, sub-national and local levels to:
1.1. To take appropriate steps to ensure the full implementation of the policies/strategies and progrms/projects outlined in the Plan;
1.2. To institutionalize Gender and Development (GAD) efforts in government by incorporaing GAD concens, as spelled out in the Plan, in their planning, programming and budgetting processes, but specifically to:
(2) Republic Act No. 8760 – General Appropriations Act (GAA) On Programs/Projects Related to Gender and Development (GAD)
“All concerned government entities shall submit their GAD plan to the National Commission on Women for review. They shall likewise submit annual reports to Congress, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Commission on Women (NCW), indicating the accomplishments and amounts utilized to implement programs/projects/activities addressing gendere issues and women empowerment. The evaluaton of agencies utilization of the GAD budget shall be performance based.”
(3) Republic Act No. 9710 – An Act Providing for the Magna Carta of Women
Section 36: Gender Mainstreaming as a Strategy for Implementing the Magna Carta of Women
“All government departments, including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, state universities and colleges, government owned and controlled coporations, local government units and all other government instrumentalities shall adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy to promote women’s human rights and eliminate gender discrimination in their systems, structures, policies, programs, processes and procedures.
Section 36-B: Creation and/or Strengthening of the GAD Focal Points (GFP)
“All concerned government agencies and instrumentalities mentioned above shall establish or strengthen their GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) or a similar GAD mechanism to catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming within the agency.
In addition to Joint Circular 99-4 issued by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the DBM and NCRFW, additional sets of guidelines, as deemed necessary, shall be formulated, for the implementation of GAD-related programs/projects/activities.
|III. THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE INSURANCE SYSTEM’S GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (GAD)|
In compliance and in accordance with the above directives, GSIS issued the following office orders that would mainstream and pursue the mandatory implementation of the said program.
In 2011, GSIS issued Office Order No. 196-13, reconstituting the following as GSIS Gender and Development Committee Members:
In July 2011, Mr. Robert G. Vergara, GSIS President and General Manager issued Office Order No. 205-13, amending Officer Order No. 196-13 on the Composition of the GSIS Gender and Development (GAD) Committee, consistent with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Memorandum Circular No. 2011-01, as follows:
The tasks of the GAD Committee Members, among others, is to facilitate the institutionalization of GAD mainstreaming activities, identify GAD strategies, programs, activities and projects in accordance with the identified priorities of the agency in response to the gender issued faced by its members, stakeholders and employees. It shall also ensure the timely submission of the GAD Plan and Budget, Accomplishement Report and other GAD related reports to the PCW and to DBM.
On the other hand, the TWG/Secretariat facilitates the implementation of the gender mainstreaming efforts of the agency through the GAD planning and budgeting process.
The GAD Plan and Budget is a systematic program carried organization wide through the annual development and implementation of programs, activities and projects addressing gender issues and concerns in the organization and constituencies by utilizing at least 5% of the total budget allocation and in the context of GSIS mandate.
|V. INFORMATION/DIGITAL MATERIALS|
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in partnership with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), launched a nationwide photo contest as part of its calendar of activities for the upcoming National Women’s Month Celebration.
The 2015 Women’s Month Photo Contest aims to capture the essential representation and role being played by Filipino women in leadership, power and decision making, in consonance to this year’s NWMC theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”
Open to all Filipino amateur photo enthusiasts, the contest also intends to get the public perception on women’s roles in politics or decision-making process.
The deadline of submission of entries is on March 12, 2015.
Top 12 entries will receive P10,000 cash prize and certificate of appreciation. The awarding ceremony is set on March 26, 2015, 5 p.m. at the GSIS Theater, Pasay City.
For the full mechanics of the contest, kindly visit http://pcw.gov.ph/event/2015-womens-month-photo-contest.
Press release from the Philippine Commission on Women
2018 – 2018 National Women’s Month Celebration, GSIS Theatre, Pasay City, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (For Luzon-based participants)
Theme: We Make Change Work For Women
NCRTC personnel attended the WE Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Series held at GSIS Theatre, Pasay City on March 8, 2018 in coordination with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). Wearing the official campaign purple shirts, the participants actively participated with the discussions and activities during the session.
The Forum aims to celebrate women’s journey and shares inspiring stories of change in their lives and in their chosen vocation, the speakers encourage their fellow women to be empowered change agents. It also served as a venue for women to inspire and appreciate each other, and create an environment supportive with women’s fate, experiences and success.
The following speakers shared their stories and experiences as private individuals and as a woman:
On having the Courage to Start Again
On braving life’s greatest storms
On Transformative Leadership and battling the “Big C”
Brave and fearless: Women as storytellers
|VI. SEX DISAGGREGATED STATISTICS – to follow|
|VII. GSIS GAD ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS – to follow|
Policy and Procedural Guidelines: