Signing of the RGADC-PCW Partnership Agreement
From left to right: Ms. Theresa Jane Cajarte (NEDA Region IV-A), Dir. Luis G. Banua (NEDA Region IV-A), Dir. Maria Kristine Josefina Balmes (PCW), Ms. Nharleen Millar (PCW)

For the fourth year in a row, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) signed another partnership agreement with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) during its 2nd Quarter Meeting on May 29 at St. Jude Cooperative Hotel and Event Center, Tayabas City. Since 2014, RGADC has been partnering with PCW in spearheading gender and development initiatives in the region. The partnership agreement covers the period 2018 to 2021 with an approved work plan for 2018. This year’s activities of the RGADC and PCW include the conduct of the 7th Regional GAD convention on September, certification of the Calabarzon GAD Resource Pool (CGRP), and continuous gender mainstreaming efforts such as trainings and technical assistance. Present in the meeting for the signing of the partnership agreement were RGADC Chair and NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua, Deputy Executive Director Maria Kristine Josefina Balmes of PCW, and Ms. Theresa Jane G. Cajarte of NEDA Region IV-A, and Ms. Nharleen Santos-Millar of PCW as witnesses.

The RGADC meeting proceeded after the ceremonial MOA signing. The results of the recently concluded CGRP Leveling Session, as part of the CGRP certification process, were presented and endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC). Out of the 26 applications received by the secretariat, only 11 applicants passed the certification process. The successful applicants came from state universities and colleges, regional line agencies, and local government units. The CGRP members will be confirmed during the 2nd Quarter RDC Full Council Meeting. The preliminary details of the 7th Regional GAD Convention were also presented and approved by the committee during the meeting. This year’s convention will focus on expanding gender mainstreaming in the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG no.5 on gender equality.

Other topics discussed in the meeting were the 2018 Search for Calabarzon Outstanding GAD Implementer which is now open for nominations until August 15, updates on the Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE) accomplishments in the region, report on the 2018 Regional Women’s Month Celebration, and the presentation of the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU)’s research proposal on the Current Situation of Filipina Domestic Workers in Refuge Centers in Hongkong.

This quarter’s meeting was well attended by the committee members and concluded with the awarding of resolution of gratitude to the Provincial Gender and Development (PGAD) Office of Quezon for hosting the event.

Aprille M. Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | June 5, 2018