ILOILO - The provincial government, through its Gender and Development (GAD) Unit, is now on the process of documenting and packaging a number of “good practices” that contributed to the reduction of gender disparities and inequalities in Iloilo.
The documentation of success stories and lessons learned is part of the production of knowledge products showcasing Iloilo’s compliance to 2009 Magna Carta of Women (MCW).
This developed after Iloilo has been named by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) as GAD local learning hub in the Philippines.
“We need to come up with GAD-related knowledge products to promote the initiatives of this local government unit in making women’s rights real,” said Rosario Panganiban, technical officer of GAD Unit. According to her, among the best practices Iloilo have were the integration of GAD in disaster risk reduction management, particularly in Oton, and strengthening of women economic empowerment through business-friendly policies.
Prior to the actual documentation, a training-workshop on knowledge management for two pilot sites of GAD mainstreaming in Iloilo — Anilao and Oton — was held from October 7-9 at Sarabia Manor Hotel in Iloilo City.
The training-workshop was administered by Almira Nerissa Andin, an independent consultant of PCW, in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
It was organized to help the GAD technical working group craft the type of knowledge products (e.g. audio-visual presentations, info-graphic, brochures, case studies, documentaries, newsletters) they wanted to produce.
“We organized this to increase our appreciation of documentation of GAD’s project results and gains and to establish a knowledge management system to effectively do it,” Panganiban said.
As described by Asian Productivity Organization, knowledge management is an integrated approach of creating, sharing and applying knowledge to enhance the organization’s productivity, profitability and growth.
Since 2011, Iloilo, along with the provinces of Albay, Aklan, Mindoro Oriental, Surigao del Norte and Sarangani, signed up as partners of PCW and AECID in the implementation of Magna Carta of Women.
The convergence aims to establish measures that can contribute to the reduction of gender disparities and inequalities in economic, social and political spheres of the local government unit.
For the past three years, the convergence’s focus was on the economic empowerment of women in micro-enterprises and protection and promotion of women’s rights to freedom from all forms of violence.
As a result, a GAD Code was passed by the Provincial Board in 2013 as basis for identifying programs, activities and projects on GAD and institutionalizing gender-sensitive policies in the province.
The provincial government also partnered with municipalities to promote local economic development on top of organizing women entrepreneurs and strengthening their enterprises.