Gender and development practices now mainstreamed in DOLE’s  Results-Based GAD Action Plan, 2014-2016—Baldoz

Labor and Employment Secretary  Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that  gender and development   practices and systems at the DOLE  are now mainstreamed into a Results-Based GAD Action Plan, 2014  to 2016,  to ensure gender equality in  policies and programs of the Department.

“Our Results-Based GAD Action Plan 2014-2016  mainstreams  the DOLE’s  programs, projects, and activities under the DOLE Planning Tool,  including performance indicators,  to improve our  GAD reporting and monitoring,” said Baldoz.

“What is unique was the inclusion of  performance indicators that will allow us  to measure progress in  gender and development outcomes,” said Baldoz

According to the Secretary, the  DOLE’s Planning Service has  approved  the GAD Action and Budget  Plan  and had  endorsed it to the Philippine Commission on Women.

In June 2014, about 165 DOLE heads of agencies, regional offices, GAD focal and alternates attended the  National GAD Planning and Budgeting Conference in Baguio City to improve, reorient, and reform  the delivery  and implementation of GAD program , activities, and projects.

During Conference, which was first for the DOLE,  the Department’s GAD focal persons and alternates  reviewed   previous and existing GAD programs, activities, and programs; examined the issues and challenges which arose from the implementation of DOLE GAD PAPs;  clarified questions on DOLE GAD policy matters; and developed a GAD framework aligned with the National GAD Plan and Framework.

Baldoz  explained that the DOLE’s GAD initiatives conform to global and national policy framework to include, among others, the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Philippine Plan for Gender and Development, 1995-2025; Beijing Platform for Action; Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Millennium Development Goals, the WEDGE (Women’s Empowerment, Development and Gender Equity Plan, 2013-2016), and COA Circular 2014-0011.

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