BiPSU conducts training on Harmonized Gender & Development Guidelines (HGDG)

NAVAL, BILIRAN - The Biliran Province State University, through the Gender and Development (GAD) Office and the Institutional Planning Office (IPO) conducted a webinar on the Harmonized Gender & Development Guidelines or the HGDG on July 8.

Aimed at capacitating the participants in using the HGDG to formulate and implement gender-responsive programs, projects, and activities in the university, the said training was attended by the members of the Management Committee, GAD Focal Point System (GFPS), and personnel from the Engineering and Physical Development Office (EPDO) and Institutional Planning Office (IPO).

Mr. Rene A. Gandeza, Jr., Project Development Officer of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security Division, Social Healing and Peacebuilding Department of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and former GAD Specialist of the Sectoral Coordination Division (SCD) of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) served as the resource person for the training.

"Lauded in the region for having outstanding financial management record, it is imperative that we have to maintain this record. Thus, we have to make sure that our plans, programs, and activities to be implemented are aligned with the requirements in the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) tool,” BiPSU President emphasized in his welcome remarks.

President Cañezo further underscored that mainstreaming GAD should not only end within our plans, programs, and activities, rather it should also be mainstreamed within us in order to fully achieve our goals and objectives in building a gender-responsive and sensitive university.

According to Dr. Marianne B. Dagaylo-an, Director of the GAD Office, the HGDG will help the university utilize the 5% attribution from the total General Appropriations Act (GAA) budget more wisely and strategically.

The Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGDG), an instrument developed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), is utilized to ensure that programs and projects undertaken by the government in their various stages are gender-responsive.

Dr. Dagaylo-an elaborated that a training series on GAD planning and budgeting will follow and the next immediate workshop would be on the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF). The PCW describes the GMEF as "a tool to measure the extent of the gender mainstreaming efforts of organizations, both national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs)."

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