The Iligan City Gender and Development (GAD) Office convened all GAD focal persons from the different units in the city government today for the planning and budgeting of the programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) to implement and sustain the city government’s gender-sensitive initiatives.

Providing the general guidelines for planning and budgeting is DILG OIC City Director Maria Maida Daniot along with example issues and areas of concern from GAD offices of other local governments. Other identified PPAs and best practices were also presented for the participants’ reference. City Director Daniot reminds the city government of the reporting mechanisms to ensure that GAD objectives are attained during its implementation.

City Administrator Darwin Manubag says that the GAD plan should also be aligned with the current administration’s development goals for a clearer and consistent direction to provide the appropriate services to constituents. He also adds that the city government is appreciative of the guidance of the DILG in assisting the city government as to the ideal approach in finalizing the GAD plan. The succesful implementation of GAD PPAs and fund utilization is an essential factor to attain the Seal of Good Local Governance.

By definition, GAD refers to the development perspective and process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials.