ILOILO – The Province of Iloilo, under the leadership of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., has been named as one of the five Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hubs (LLH) in the Philippines
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) recognized the governor’s initiatives to empower women along with the works of the provinces of Quezon, Aklan, Camarines Sur and Davao del Sur.
The merit came four months after PCW’s validation session with Iloilo Provincial GAD Council and representatives from partner municipalities in the Iloilo Provincial Capitol on November 19, 2014.
According to Ms. Alma Ravena, the institutionalization of results-based management framework in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GAD programs was the main reason of this recognition.
Another was the establishment of convergence with municipalities in organising women entrepreneurs, strengthening of women-led enterprises and promotion of local economic development, she said.
The establishment of an operational GAD Unit and Iloilo Provincial GAD Council in 2013 also helped explain why gender-sensitive policies were carried out successfully in Iloilo.
The Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Iloilo Provincial GAD Council added that the policies and programs of the province were always anchored to the Iloilo Provincial GAD Code.
The passage of the provincial ordinance also assured that GAD programs and activities in Iloilo were sustained and funded properly by the provincial government.
On top of that, 46% of the mandated committees or councils in different offices in the province were women. This would mean that women were well-represented and actively involved in decision making of various development projects.
To avoid gender-biases, a series of Gender Sensitivity Trainings are held for the personnel and officials of the provincial government annually.
Moreover, chief executives from other local government units from Visayas, even those from Mindanao and Luzon, who wishes to learn from the practices of Iloilo, can come over to study. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)