Following the successful Training on Gender Statistics and Analysis in 2016, the Calabarzon Regional Development Council, through its Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), continued to capacitate more of its members and stakeholders on mainstreaming gender in statistics and research. The RGADC conducted a second batch of the said training on 10 to 14 July at El Cielito Hotel-Mt. Makiling, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna. The training was again a collaboration with the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) UPLB who served as resource persons and facilitators.
The five-day training covered discussions on Gender Statistics, Summarizing Data, Data Quality and Sources, Analytic Measure and Indicators, Basic Sampling, and Introduction to Inferential Statistics. The additional feature for the second batch training was the creation of a gender-sensitive database through workshops and software simulation exercises on data organizing and processing. The gender-sensitive database is in line with Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Memorandum Circular No. 2017-53 which includes the presence of a GAD database as an indicator in the assessment for the Seal of Good Local Governance.
The training concluded with a presentation of gender research proposals on topics such as the prevalence of teenage pregnancy among college students, incidence of children in conflict with the law, malnutrition, and use of modern family planning.
In his closing message, RD Luis Banua of NEDA IV-A and the RGADC Chairperson, encouraged the participants to develop a GAD database in their respective offices and enhance their research proposals and project proposals that can be included in their Annual Investment Programs. He also challenged the participants to make the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022, more inclusive by continuously influencing development programs and projects to be gender-responsive. He thanked the participating organizations
for investing in gender statistics which he said would serve as basis for gender-responsive plans
The training was participated by 49 representatives from regional line agencies, local government units and state universities and colleges. Including last year, a total of 97 participants have undergone the basic gender statistics training and are ready to undergo more advanced trainings on gender and development in the coming year.
Angela R. Llamas, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, July 26, 2017