Tarlac City, Tarlac – to facilitate the harmonization of programs, projects, and activities of local government units, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Tarlac Provincial Office conducted an activity entitled, Assessing the Gender Responsiveness of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)/ Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Funded Projects on November 14 to 16, 2017 in Angeles City.

 

DILG Tarlac Provincial Director Belina Herman said the training aims to make sure that all LGU plans, programs, and activities are gender responsive to comply with the provisions of international and national issuances.

Cluster Leader Maria Teresa Marquez presented some generally accepted concepts on Gender and Development such as the change in the perspective between males and females. She also stressed the main objective of GAD which is to infuse gender responsiveness to institutions and organizations to facilitate development while Ms. Cherry Eve Mesina, GAD Provincial Focal Person and concurrent MLGOO of Camiling, Tarlac introduced some of the tools that LGUs may utilize in harmonizing their plans.

GAD National Resource Person Lydia Baltazar from DILG Bulacan provided a detailed explanation of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) and facilitated the workshop thereof to help the participants be more aware of how it is used.

After the HGDG, CTL Baltazar also lectured on the Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) and likewise conducted a workshop to help the participants familiarize with the tool.

DILG officers were advised to assist their LGUs in utilizing the HGDG and PIMME being two of the tools prescribed by the Philippine Council for Women (PCW) to ascertain that gender and responsiveness are mainstreamed and are applied in the planning and implementation of various projects.