Calabarzons GAD Committee spearheads training on statistics and research

The Calabarzon Regional Development Council through the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) and in collaboration with the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) UPLB, conducted a five-day training on gender statistics and analysis held last July 11 to 15 at El Cielito Hotel-Mt. Makiling, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Laguna.

The training aimed to capacitate the RGADC members and LGUs on how to mainstream gender in statistics and research and covered discussions on gender statistics, data exploring , analytic measures and indicators, data sources and quality, qualitative research methods, and introduction to statistical inference.

The training was participated in by 46 RGADC and non-RGADC member representatives from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs).

Dr. Dalisay S. Maligalig, Dr. Liza F. Neri-Comia and Ms. Roselle V. Collado of the INSTAT-UPLB provided the lectures and facilitated workshops on identifying gender issues and challenges in statistics and research, hands-on exercises on pivot table and on visualizing and describing data, and focused group discussions on identifying indicators in the proposed gender topics.

On the last day of the training, the participants presented their gender research proposals which were also critiqued by Dr. Maligalig and Dr. Comia. Among the research topics identified were: inequality in decision making in family affairs, establishment of GAD database systems, basis for program interventions on the incidence of non-sexual and sexual risky behavior among students, among others.

Regional Director Luis G. Banua of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) IV-A, in his closing remarks, acknowledged the active participation of the trainees and the comprehensive discussions and workshops provided by the resource speakers. He gave a brief evaluation of the training wherein the objective and most of the expectations were met. He also reiterated the importance of mainstreaming gender in statistics and research as a venue to influence development programs and projects in the region to be gender-responsive.

The participants were encouraged to improve the research proposals and to submit these proposals to their respective offices. RD Banua also suggested to look into how these proposals can be included in their offices’ Annual Investment Program.

Angela R. Llamas, NEDA Region IV-A | Friday, July 22, 2016