Localization of Magna Carta for Women pushed

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged all local government units (LGUs) to ensure that the principles of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), which is considered as the “Bill of Rights” of Filipino women, are mainstreamed at the local level.

DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero, who is also the concurrent Gender and Development Focal Point (GAD-FP) Chairperson of the Department, said that all LGUs must comply with the requirements of the said law through the creation of an enabling environment that will promote women’s empowerment, gender equality, and ensure gender responsive governance at the local level.

Local chief executives are directed to ensure that their GAD Focal Point System or similar GAD mechanisms are in place, fully-functional and its members have the capacity to promote gender mainstreaming pursuant to Sec. 37 of the MCW Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

Workshops will enable the participants to coach and mentor LGUs on their implementation and compliance to MCW on the following mechanisms: 1) preparation of GAD plan and budget, monitoring and evaluation system; 2) formulation of GAD Code; 3) establishment of GAD database; 4) creation and/or strengthening of the GAD Focal Point; and 5) mainstreaming gender in local development plans.

The workshop of the batch from the Bicol Region will be held in Metro Manila on May 20 to 24, 2014.


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