DOST V adopts Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework; enhances Gender and Development program implementation

15 December 2016

In the two (2) recently conducted Gender and Development (GAD) activities of the Department of Science and Technology Central Office (DOST CO), Dr. Rafaelita O. Lucena, Senior Science Research Specialist/GAD Focal Person and Ms. Lenie G. Balaoro, Admin. Assistant III, represented DOST V, also attended by the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) of agencies, councils and institutes in the DOST System.

The first schedule for the GAD Assembly was for the “Orientation on the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) and Initial Assessment of the Gender Mainstreaming Efforts of DOST Agencies” followed by the “Revalidation Meeting on the Use of Enhanced GMEF” held on 05 and 19 October 2016 at DOST VII, Lahug, Cebu City and Executive Lounge, DOST CO, Bicutan, Taguig City, respectively.

Dir. Elizabeth A. Fontanilla, Director for Administrative and Legal Services/DOST-wide GAD Focal Person and Ms. Fe Singson, GAD Coordinator organized the GAD Assembly and served as resource speakers. Also gracing these DOST CO activity were representatives from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

After the page by page presentation/discussions on GMEF, the participants per agency were required to provide the scores corresponding to every GAD accomplishment/s.

In getting the scores/rank using GMEF, there are four (4) major levels namely: Level 1 (Foundation Formation); Level 2 (Installation of Strategic Mechanisms); Level 3 (GAD Application); Level 4 (Commitment Enhancement and Institutionalization); and Level 5 (Application and Innovation). A maximum of one hundred (100) points is divided into four (4) parts with criteria and descriptors on Policy, People, Enabling Mechanisms, and Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs). The GAD level as determined by the total score is reflective of the GAD mainstreaming efforts of the agency.

The DOST CO national GAD level is the average of all the scores and rank earned by every agency, institute and council under the DOST System. Based on the submitted scores/ranks, the department’s overall level is Level 2 (Installation of Strategic Mechanisms). As cited by Dir. Fontanilla, with all GAD efforts synchronized and requirements met, DOST will be able to get Level 3 (GAD Application) next year.
To enable DOST V to cascade this GAD directive, the DOST V GFPS headed by Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director convened the GFPS and the Provincial Science and Technology Directors (PSTDs). Dir. Briñas in his message during this GAD activity “Orientation on the Use of the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework” held on 11 November 2016 at DOST V Conference Room, Rawis, Legazpi City, emphasized on the commitment of DOST V in the implementation of the GAD program in the region. Also, his talk centered on Gender Equity, and S&T interventions and other initiatives requiring the full support and active participation of the top management and the entire human resources in the department. A desired GAD level is achieved through the joint mainstreaming efforts of both the internal (organization focused) and external (customer focused) S&T partners.

Dr. Lucena discussed the importance of GMEF as a measure of the past, present and future undertakings (what has been done, what is being done and what are to be done) along GAD program implementation. While going over GMEF, the group identified possible projects or activities to be incorporated in the GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) for implementation in 2017 and 2018. Likewise, a score corresponding to a particular descriptor generated the regional and provincial accomplishments as an input to the GAD Accomplishment Report (GAR) for 2016. Both GAR and GPB are required by DOST CO/PCW to be submitted before the year ends.

Adopting GMEF in GAD will eventually result to an improved DOST V delivery of S&T services. DOST V through the leadership of Dir. Briñas, strives to achieve a higher GAD level that could best serve the Bicolano men and women in the coming years. (Dr. P. O. Lucena, DOST V).