12 October 2020

The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST V) recently conducted the “Training on Basic Gender and Development (GAD) and Use of GAD Tools” training -workshop series for personnel in regional office and Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs). The training was conducted by batch: face-to-face for the regional office personnel (23 July, and 01, 08, & 10 September 2020, and observing health & safety protocols) and online via Zoom app for the PSTCs (15 & 17 September 2020).

The DOST V GAD Executive Committee headed by Regional Director Mr. Rommel R. Serrano and the DOST V GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) led by Dr. Rafaelita O. Lucena, Senior Science Research Specialist/GAD Focal Person (who also served as Resource Speaker and training organizer) spearheaded the activity. DOST V GAD and GREAT Women Project 2 (GWP2) staff Mesdames Abegail F. Bustamante, Science Research Asst. & Doris May Ann B. Odavar, PA III assisted the conduct.

Topics/discussions include GAD Concepts, the DOST-GAD Mandate & Timeline, Issuances & Policies, and Issues & Concerns. Advanced GAD topics such as the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF), Harmonized Gender & Development Guidelines (HGDG), and Project Implementation, Management Monitoring & Evaluation (PIMME) were also taken up during the workshops, with the participants presenting individual and group activity outputs.

The DOST GAD Tool Kit, which serves as a guide to GAD program implementation, highlights Gender Mainstreaming and focuses on “Leveraging Science, Technology & Innovation for Women Empowerment”. The DOST-GAD system is under the supervision and leadership of Dir. Elizabeth A. Fontanilla, Director for Administrative & Legal Services (ALS) and DOST-wide GAD Focal Person, and DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (who himself served as DOST-wide GAD Focal Person during his term as Undersecretary).

During the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Magna Carta of Women on 14 August 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) conferred the “Gender & Development Transformation and Institution through Mainstreaming of Programs, Agenda, Linkages & Advocacies”—or GADtimpala—Award to DOST for its effective and commendable implementation of the GAD program. (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V)