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Law granting recertification as GAD learning hub passed.

The City Council passed on final reading an ordinance granting the recertification of the city as Gender and Development Local Learning Hub from 2018 to 2020.

The ordinance was passed to strengthen gender mainstreaming and sustain implementation through the Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) in partnership with the city government and the Philippine Commission on Women.

Under the agreement, the city government should assign its IGDD to assist and coordinate with the PCW in the implementation of activities for women.

Furthermore, the city must also sustain the implementation of the four notable programs as local learning hub including the IGDD, City Office of the Special Counsel on Violence Against Women, Child Minding Centers, and Ray of Hope Village under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology XI.

The PCW conducted its monitoring and evaluation visit in November 2017 and the four GAD programs was recertified on March 22, 2018 for sustaining its implementation and complying with the criteria set by PCW in the certification.

The city is also expected to provide access to interested LGUs and other institutions on the notable GAD programs through sharing of information or knowledge management materials, peer to peer learning/coaching sessions, and site visits of LGUs and other institutions among others.

Meanwhile, the PCW is tasked to assign the Technical Services and Regional Coordination Division and staff to coordinate and assist Davao City in the implementation of activities.

The PCW shall support the capacity-building of the city, GAD focal point system members and the implementers of the notable GAD efforts to strengthen their capacity in providing technical assistance to other LGUs and institutions in relation to the notable GAD programs.

The support on the marketing and promotion of notable GAD efforts is another task.

Also, PCW shall monitor and evaluate results and outputs of the partnership; the challenges and the areas for improvement of the notable GAD efforts, lessons learned, and other emerging gender issues relative to the GAD programs certified.

The ordinance was passed under the Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations under Councilor Avegayle Ortiz-Omalza.

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Publication:Mindanao Times (Mindanao, Philippines)
Date:Nov 22, 2018
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