The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), conducted the Second Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) Summit on September 25 to 26 at the Hive Hotel, Quezon City. The Summit served as a venue to discuss the progress of RGADCs since the first summit in 2014 and sharing of notable practices of the regions on mainstreaming GAD in the regional and local level.
The Calabarzon RGADC bested other regions and was named as the grand slam winner for receiving a total of six awards in all the award categories that was given during the Summit’s Solidarity Night on September 25. The awards were the RGADC Activity Awards for Calabarzon’s annual Regional GAD Convention which is currently on its 7th year (for notable RGADC annual activity); the RGADC Trailblazer Award for being one of the first RGADCs to reorganize after the issuance of the PCW-NEDA Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2016-01; the Outstanding Secretariat Award (based on the survey among members); and the Certificate of Recognition for being one of the pioneer partners of PCW (for RGADCs with partnership agreements with PCW). The Calabarzon RDC was awarded the Women Lead Award for having women members comprising 40 percent of the total RDC members. NEDA Region IV-A Director and Calabarzon RGADC Chairperson Luis G. Banua was also awarded the Gawad AlaGAD Award for his exemplary GAD mainstreaming activities and accomplishments in the region.
Director Banua, in his presentation, shared that Calabarzon RGADC was able to accomplish a lot in terms of GAD mainstreaming because of its strong linkages with development partners, particularly the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units, and civil society organizations, as well as its conscious efforts to further advance the level of gender mainstreaming through continuous, new, and needs-based interventions.
The two-day Summit was attended by the Chairpersons, Co-Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons, and Secretariats of the RGADCs throughout the country. To end the Summit, the different RGADCs made known their commitments or pledges towards improving gender equality in their region.
Aprille M. Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | October 4, 2018