Participants of the GAD Database Training.

A second Gender and Development (GAD) Database Training was conducted by the CALABARZON Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women, on May 25 to 28 via video conference. This form of support is in response to the request of CALABARZON GAD advocates to have a GAD database development training using other computer applications.

According to NEDA IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua and RGADC Chairperson, “the Region’s GAD Focal Point System members need to enhance their capability, not only on GAD database development, but also in the implementation, maintenance, and management of a database system”. This is also in compliance with the provision of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2013-01 on the creation of GAD database.

The training included orientation on basic GAD and gender mainstreaming concepts, importance of gender statistics and development of GAD database as well as its link with the data requirements as provided in the JMC 2013-01. The highlight of the training was the hands-on preparation of the GAD database using MS Access and report generation.

In her closing message, Dr. Juanita Villalon, RGADC Co-Chairperson, encouraged the GAD resource pool (GR Pool) members to collaborate and form partnerships with the agencies and provinces for the full development of their GAD Database system. She said that “the GR Pool members play a very critical role in reaching out to more agencies and LGUs in the Region, and in helping other stakeholders to move forward with their GAD agenda”.

A total of 46 participants (11 males and 35 females) from the LGUs, academe and regional line agencies participated in the training.

Lovely S. Mores, NEDA Region IV-A | June 7, 2021