In continuing to capacitate LGUs on gender and development (GAD), the DILG Zambales Team led by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad facilitated the conduct of the Seminar on Gender Responsive LGUs at the Vista Marina Hotel, SBFZ last March 22 to 23, 2017.

It aimed to enrich the information and knowledge of the concerned local officials in carrying out their roles and responsibilities on gender and development along with the requirements that are in consonance with their tasks. The activity was attended by the Sangguniang Bayan Members, Department Heads of the different LGUs and of the provincial government, along with the MLGOOs and DILG Provincial staff.

Provincial Director Bactad emphasized the need for the continuous integration and institutionalization of GAD to the different processes of the LGUs to ensure that their programs and projects are gender responsive.

Assistant Regional Director Araceli A. San Jose who also graced the occasion encouraged everyone to actively participate in the activity. "Pagdating natin sa ating mga LGUs, we will be able to craft more gender responsive programs so I urge everyone of you to participate "said ARD San Jose.

The two-day activity was facilitated by LGOO VI Ms. Lydia D. Mauricio-Baltazar of DILG Bulacan, who is also the accredited GAD Trainor of DILG Region III. Among the issues and concepts she discussed include Gender Mainstreaming, the use of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) in projects and activities, and the Gender and Development Plan and Budget. Each LGU also made an Action Plan for the implementation of GAD programs and projects in their respective areas, including the submission of the CY 2016 GAD Accomplishment Report and CY 2018 GAD Plan and Budget.