June 21, 28, 2021- First of its kind in the Valley, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC2) conducts the 1st Cagayan Valley GAD Focal Point Systems (GFPS) Assembly organized by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for more than 900 GFPS Members to intensify and strengthen their agencies’ efforts in gender mainstreaming.

The 2-day assembly aims to: (1) Convene the GFPS of the Cagayan Valley Region and inform them about their roles and responsibilities as catalyst for gender mainstreaming in their respective organizations; (2) Review of Magna Carta of Women and policy on the creation, strengthening and Institutionalization of the GFPS; (3) Serve as a venue for sharing of good practices on advancing gender mainstreaming and GAD-related issues and concerns in the Region; and (4) Generate commitments and action points from GFPS and RGADC to strengthen and advance gender mainstreaming in the Region.

In order to fulfill RGADC’s mission in capacitating its member agencies and other government instrumentalities, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, RGADC2 Chairperson, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, and OIC – DOST 02 Regional Director expressed his strong support and highlighted the need to address gender-related issues and concerns towards a gender-responsive Cagayan Valley.

“I am happy to report that for the past three years, we have already done notable accomplishments, but I see a lot more to be done. I hope the next leadership will be able to sustain these efforts started by DOST and will be able to accomplish more.” Usec. Mabborang challenged to strengthen GFPS Member’s commitment in Gender Mainstreaming.

With its theme ‘Making GAD Work: Empowering GFPS towards a Gender-Responsive Cagayan Valley’, the first day focused on the discussion on Magna Carta of Women; Guidelines for the creation, strengthening and institutionalization of the GFPS; and the GFPS profile of RGADC2 members.

Furthermore, the day two session highlighted the gender mainstreaming initiatives of invited members namely: PLGU Quirino, LGU Cauayan City, Cagayan State University (CSU) and DOST Region 02.

As committee chair of RGADC2, Usec. Mabborang also shared DOST 02’s best practices in GAD mainstreaming from the issuance of Policies, capacitating its internal and external clients with GAD, strengthening its GFPS, Establishing Mechanisms and Integrating HGDG to its flagship program, and establishing GAD as a major component of the agency’s operations and mechanisms.

Moreover, Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, DOST 02 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Services acknowledged Dr. Urdujah G. Alvarado former Regional Director now CSU’s President for upholding DOST 02’s gender mainstreaming efforts and mentoring her as an effective GAD Focal Person.

Reconstituting GFPS Composition based on the GFPS guidelines issued; ensuring integration of GAD perspective in their programs, activities and projects; establishment of GAD database; promoting the use of gender-fair language to official communication and IEC materials; and focusing on the unmet GMEF indicators were their commitments and immediate actions to strengthen their gender mainstreaming as the two day session concluded with a Commitment Setting led by Dr. Tabaog.

RGADC-2 committed to lead RGADC member agencies on GAD mainstreaming, by providing them capacity development trainings, readily available IEC Materials, strengthening government agencies in the implementation of GAD Plan, establishment of GAD Resource Pool to conduct GAD related trainings/webinars, and to come up with a policy, addressing new issues/concerns to assess if GAD implementation of agencies is strong or weak.

Nharleen Santos-Millar, Chief GAD Specialist of PCW, Technical Services and Regional Coordination Division lauded the efforts of the RGADC2 specifically USec. Mabborang and member-agencies in their commitment to mainstream gender perspectives in the agency’s policies, programs and projects.

“Let us passionately pursue this advocacy work not just for mere compliance but for truly uplifting and empowering the lives of every women and men. We expect the GFPS members to integrate this consciousness into their roles to the end of you making their organizations work towards the attainment of gender equality and women empowerment.” PCW Executive Director Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chaves exerted as she concluded the two day assembly.