The Regional Development Council (RDC) thru its Subcommittee on Gender and Development (SCGAD) conducted the 5th Calabarzon Regional GAD Convention from May 27-29, 2015 at the Splash Oasis Resort in Los Baños, Laguna. The Convention was organized by the RDC in partnership with the League of Population Officers and Workers of the Philippines Laguna Chapter and the Laguna Association of Planning and Development Coordinators.

Three hundred participants attended the convention, with 67 percent of the delegates from local government units, 24 percent from regional line agencies and 9 percent from state universities and colleges and other higher education institutions.

Participants listen from one of the speakers, ARD Gina T. Gacusan of NEDA Region IV-A, as she gives a background on ASEAN Integration during the 5th Calabarzon GAD Convention held on May 27-29, 2015 at the Splash Oasis Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.
Participants listen from one of the speakers, ARD Gina T. Gacusan of NEDA Region IV-A, as she gives a background on ASEAN Integration during the 5th Calabarzon GAD Convention held on May 27-29, 2015 at the Splash Oasis Resort in Los Baños, Laguna. (Photos: Farhad E. Ali Asgari)

With the theme “Challenges on Mainstreaming Gender and Development in the Context of ASEAN Integration,” the convention aimed to understand how mainstreaming gender would situate within the economic integration framework.

Dir. Luis G. Banua of the NEDA Regional Office IV-A in his opening remarks stated, “ASEAN Integration offers opportunities that the country can work on for its benefits.”

However, he also sees that the full implementation of the integration may pose challenges in achieving the goal for greater gender equity and women empowerment not only for Calabarzon but for the whole country. Thus, it must be ensured that “the fulfilment of the requirements of the integration should not be compromising the gains of the country from the GAD initiatives,” Banua added.

The convention also introduced the Search for Outstanding GAD Implementer, which aims to recognize efforts of regional government agencies and instrumentalities in the implementation of gender mainstreaming in their regular programs and projects.

The topics during the convention include: Background of ASEAN Integration; CSO Perspective on the Implication of ASEAN Integration and its Impact  on  the  Informal Sector, Women and GAD; Mainstreaming  Gender  on Disaster Risk Reduction: the case of Calabarzon, GAD Public Accountability Values Enhancement System, Gender  Mainstreaming  Approach and Strategies on Education; Communication and Gender; Gender Dimensions of Migration and Development; among others.

Rolan B. Aldovino and Lovely S. Mores, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, June 3, 2015