Terms of Reference

Introduction

Republic Act no. 7192, otherwise known as “Women in Development and Nation-building Act”, provides for the integration of women as full and equal partners of men in development and nation building and for other purposes.

Under Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7192, Regional Development Councils (RDCs) are tasked to ensure that the Act is fully implemented at the regional and local levels.

To ensure the implementation of said provisions, the RDC approved the creation of the Sub-Committee on Gender and Development (SCGAD) under the Sectoral Committee on Social Development (SCSD).

Even before the issuance of the Philippine Commission on Women and National Economic and Development Authority Joint Memorandum Circular 2016-01 entitled “Guidelines on the Creation, Strengthening and Institutionalization of a Regional Gender and Development Committee under the Regional Development Council” on 28 March 2016, Calabarzon Region already reorganized its Sub-Committee on Gender and Development into a special Committee under the RDC known as Calabarzon Regional Gender and Development Committee (Calabarzon RGADC).

SCGAD Reorganization was endorsed by the Committee to Sectoral Committee on Social Development on 26 January 2016 and was subsequently endorsed by SCSD to the RDC on 11 February 2016. The Reorganization was approved by the Calabarzon RDC on 10 March 2016 considering the cross-cutting nature of GAD and the need to accelerate GAD mainstreaming in all sectors.

Functions

The Calabarzon RGADC is tasked to:

  1. Initiate, coordinate and monitor gender mainstreaming initiatives at the Sectoral and Regional level;
  2. Lead in ensuring the integration of gender perspective in Regional Development Plans, investment programs and policies through the conduct of consultations with stakeholders;
  3. Promote the participation of women, women’s groups and other sectoral groups in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of regional and local development plans, programs and projects;
  4. Create sub-committees or technical working groups (TWGs) that will review and handle concerns on women’s economic empowerment; social development rights; gender in security; justice and peace; gender in environment and climate change; and gender responsive governance, among other areas, as necessary. The subcommittees or TWGs shall endorse matters pertaining to their sectoral concern to the RGADC and/or the RDC;
  5. Recommend policies or actions that may be adopted by the RDC to facilitate gender mainstreaming and promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the region;
  6. Coordinate and lead the preparation and submission of GAD plan and budget (GPB) and GAD accomplishment report (GAD AR) of the RDC as reflected in NEDA’s GAD AR as RDC Secretariat;
  7. Facilitate and coordinate with national government agencies, particularly the PCW, the academe and other training institutions for the conduct of region-wide capacity development programs on GAD;
  8. Promote and coordinate the generation and use of sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics to come up with gender responsive evidenced-based regional/local development plans and programs;
  9. Assist in the monitoring and collection of data on GAD indicators at the regional level;
  10. Provide venues for discussing regional gender issues and concerns, as well as for recognizing and sharing good practices and experiences on gender mainstreaming;
  11. Strengthen institutional linkages with the regional mechanisms (e.g. Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking-Violence Against Women and Their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) and GAD Centers and GAD Focal Point Systems of Regional Line Agencies and State Universities and Colleges, GAD Offices of LGUs, Donor Agencies and Civil Society, among others, in pursuing GAD efforts at the regional and local levels;
  12. Coordinate and assist national oversight agencies, particularly the PCW, NEDA and DILG, in localizing the implementation of national laws, policies and programs on GAD; and
  13. Prepare and submit reports on the status of the implementation of the MCW and other GAD initiatives in the region following the guidelines set by the PCW and other government oversight agencies.

Composition

Chairperson: Government or Private Sector

Co-Chairperson: Government or Private Sector

Secretariat: Office of the Chairperson

The following are the members of the RGADC:

  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Commission on Human Rights
  • Commission on Population
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Agrarian Reform
  • Department of Budget and Management
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Interior and Local Government
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Labor and Employment
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • National Commission on Indigenous People
  • Philippine Statistics Authority
  • Philippine Commission on Women
  • Batangas State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • University of Rizal System
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Provincial Gender and Development Office – Quezon Province
  • Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office – Batangas
  • Province Provincial Planning and Development Office – Laguna
  • Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office – Cavite
  • Province Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office –
  • Rizal Province
  • Chairpersons or representatives of Sectoral Committees of the RDC
  • Private Sector Representatives
    • PSR Josephine Parilla, PATAMABA-WISE
    • Dr. Juanette Villalon, AGADe
    • Ms. Hyacinth Oblea, Sinag Kalinga

Officers and their Functions

The RGADC shall have a Chairperson and a Co-Chairperson as officers.

The Chairperson and Co-Chairperson shall be elected from among its members who are also regular members of the RDC. It is encouraged that the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson come from different sectors. For example, if the Chairperson is from government (e.g. national/regional line agency, SUC, province) the Co-chairperson preferably should be among the representatives of civil society or the private sector The Chairperson and Co-chairperson shall jointly head the Committee and serve for a period of three years in sync with the terms of local elected officials.

The Chairperson shall preside over the meetings of the Committee and have the following functions and powers: a) call for special meetings to discuss issues that need urgent actions from the Committee; b) sign and endorse committee resolutions and reports to the RDC and other relevant bodies; c) direct and supervise the activities of the Committee; d) invite regional agencies or LGUs to the meetings of the RGADC to discuss gender issues or GAD policies, programs and activities in the region; e) supervise the monitoring of region-wide GAD programs, activities and projects; and f) perform other functions and duties as may be directed by the RDC Chairperson or through a resolution passed by the Council.

The Co-chairperson, on the hand, shall discharge other functions which will complement those of the Chairperson, which include, but shall not be limited to, the following: a) preside over the meetings of the Committee in the absence of the Chairperson; whenever the Chairperson is unable to perform her/his functions or when the position becomes vacant; and b) serve as the head of any ad-hoc committee the RGADC or RDC may create, unless otherwise specified by the aforementioned bodies.

Committee Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Committee shall be under the Office of the RGADC Chairperson or an office to be agreed upon by the RGADC members. The Secretariat shall have the following functions: a) provide technical and administrative support to the Committee; b) coordinate the preparation of agenda of the Committee meetings; c) keep a complete record of the minutes of the meetings and other pertinent documents of the Committee; d) prepare and/or review Committee reports; and e) perform other duties as may be assigned by the RGADC.

Committee Meetings and Quorum

The Committee shall hold regular meetings at least once every semester. It may also hold special meetings whenever it is necessary.

The presence in a meeting of fifty (50) percent plus one of the total members shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the Committee members present may discuss the items in the agenda and make a recommendation thereon to the next meeting of the RDC.

Decision of the Committee

The decision of the Committee shall only be recommendatory in nature and shall be in the form of resolution addressed to the RDC. If necessary, the Committee’s resolution can also be endorsed to the RDC through the SCSD/SP.