ATI CAR Recognizes the Importance of Mainstreaming GAD in its Programs and Services

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. “GAD is not a hard thing to do… if we only have gender awareness,” shared Dr. Florida P. Faculo during the training on GAD planning and budgeting for ATI and DA-RFO Staff. The Agricultural Training Institute-CAR (ATI-CAR) itends to strengthen its intervention on Gender and Development (GAD) with the conduct of the said training on February 20-21, 2017 at the Dammuhan Hall, ATI-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The activity aimed to develop the knowledge and skills of the participants on GAD Planning and Budgeting. Along with this, the participants should be able to explain GAD concepts and how gender issues are identified, and apply gender analysis tool in preparing GAD Plan and Budget.

Dr. Florida P. Faculo, a certified  GAD Resource Pool member of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and presently the President of the Regional Organization of GAD Focal Points of CAR, talked on the GAD concepts, its legal bases, and the various gender analysis tool in preparing GAD plan and budget.

She emphasized  that GAD is good moral and right conduct and not a battle of both sexes. She added that although GAD is also about women empowerment its main focus is to prevent and address issues where one person is of less advantage than the other or is deprived of maximizing her/his full potential because of her or his sex.  

Aside from the concept of GAD, Dr. Faculo also discussed the Harmonized  Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG), Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF),  GAD planning and budgeting guidelines, and the Joint Memo Circular 2012-01  along with the expenses that can and can not be charged  under GAD fund.

Some of the ATI-CAR and DA-RFO-CAR staff shared their insights during the closing program of the training. Mr. Bongbong Buli-e of the ATI-CAR said that the training will help the Center to fulfill GAD requirements to prevent GAD-related audit observation memorandum (AOM) from the COA.  Ms. Myrna B. Sta. Maria, TCS I of the ATI-CAR, added that the training was filled with insights and that GAD is a concern  that should be understood by everybody.