The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) released a memorandum circular last September 2018 to all the Heads of Executive Departments, Agencies, Bureaus, Offices, State Universities and Colleges, Government Owned and/or Controlled Corporations, Legislative and Judiciary Branches, Constitutional Bodies and Other National Government Instrumentalities on the Revised Guidelines for the Preparation of the Gender and Development (GAD) Agenda.
The GAD Agenda is the agency’s strategic framework and plan on gender mainstreaming, and achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality. It shall (a) serve as basis in identifying programs, activities, and projects to be undertaken to achieve the GAD goals and outcomes; (b) provide the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for assessing GAD results and outcomes that shall be the basis for strengthening the mainstreaming of a GAD perspective in the agency’s operations and programs; and (c) be formulated in a participatory, consultative and inclusive process. It shall consider the results from consultations with women target beneficiaries as well women’s groups/organizations working on the sector and other concerned stakeholders, and the identified gaps resulting from gender analysis.
The GAD Agenda is a two-part document consisting of the GAD Strategic Framework (GADSF) and the GAD Strategic Plan (GADSP). The GADSF outlines the agency’s GAD Vision, Mission and Goals anchored on the mandate of the agency, while GADSP defines the strategic interventions, indicators, and targets to be pursued to achieve GAD goals over a period of time.
The timeframe of the GAD Agenda is six years, from 2020 to 2025.
The GAD Agenda, progress and end- term reports shall be submitted by agencies to PCW for the purpose of monitoring, evaluation, reporting of GEWE results and as necessary, provision of technical assistance on its implementation.