Resource persons and participants of the training pose for the group photo.

The Calabarzon Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) conducted the Calabarzon GAD Resource Pool (CGRP) Deepening Session Preparation on November 21 to 22 at the BP International Makiling, Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. The activity is part of the continuous capacity development provided to CGRP members to further capacitate them in providing technical assistance on GAD.

The 2-day training activity consisted of detailed discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity expression also known as SOGIE, gender analysis tools, and GAD Plan and Budget, as well as how to properly deliver the GAD core messages. Resource Persons from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) were invited to provide the necessary discussions and knowledge sharing. Through the session, the participants gained a deeper understanding on the core messages of GAD and be able to effectively relay these messages to their audiences.

CGRP is a group of GAD practitioners in the region that was certified by the Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) to address the increasing number of requests for technical assistance on GAD mainstreaming as well as to ensure the provision of quality technical assistance. In 2018, 11 GAD practitioners from different sectors were certified by the RDC as the CGRP Batch 1 following the certification guidelines adopted from the PCW National GAD Resource Pool Certification.

Due to the overwhelming demand on GAD technical assistance, RGADC will call for CGRP applications for Batch 2 in the first quarter of 2020. Interested applicants may reach the Secretariat by email at

Aprille M. Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | December 5, 2019