DILG-Quirino in collaboration with Quirino Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) conducted a two-day workshop on the Synchronized Review of the 2019 Gender and Development Plan and Budget (GPB) and 2017 Gender and Development Accomplishment Report (GAR) of MLGUs on March 21-22, 2018 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Restaurant, Capitol Hills, Cabarroguis, Quirino.
The activity aimed to review the gender-responsiveness of Projects, Programs, and Activities (PPAs) of MLGUs, reiterate the review process for GPB and GAR and conduct of first and second level review of MLGUs’ 2019 GPB. It was attended by the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Technical Working Group (TWG) as the first level reviewers and DILG-Quirino personnel being the second level reviewers.
DILG-Quirino Provincial Director Salvacion Z. Baccay stressed in her opening message that the formulation of the GPB is a huge step in uplifting the status of women in the community. She also commended the Technical Working Group for heeding the call despite their demanding schedules and mentioned their important role in women empowerment.
Before the actual of review process, a discussion on the Operational Guidelines on the Implementation of the Revised Joint Memorandum Circular on the Localization of Magna Carta for Women was initiated by Cluster Head Ricardo Crisente P. Torrado. GAD Provincial Focal Person Razel P. Codamon also refreshed the GFPS-TWG on the general guidelines in the review and endorsement of LGUs’ GPB.
The conduct of first level and second level review was simultaneously done by the reviewers from the DILG and PPDO. In doing so, they ensured that the MLGUs complied with the guidelines in formulating GPB especially on the alignment of PPAs to the set objectives in addressing gender-sensitive issues. The 2017 GAR of the Province of Quirino was also presented to the reviewers. It was noted that the province exceeded the five percent (5%) allocated budget for gender-responsive PPAs.
An open forum was done at the end of the activity to tackle issues observed in the formulation of GPB and GAR.
#LGOO II Jeremiah D. Gramata