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The Gender and Development Resource Center (GADRC) conducted a planning and budgeting workshop on October 6-7, 2021, via Zoom.
Participated in by twenty-six (26) female and eight (8) male college/campus and unit GAD coordinators and alternates, the workshop aimed to enhance their knowledge and skills in preparing their respective GAD plan and budget for 2022. It also targeted to identify programs, projects, and activities that will address gender issues in the university and adopted communities, as well as to enhance their awareness on the value of the GAD program as a tool in developing a highly gender responsive university.
The first day of the workshop focused on explaining the mandates that determine the importance of planning and budgeting for GADRC. Ms. Raecel A. Estebat, the speaker, gave a walk-through by discussing the definition and nature of GAD planning and budgeting and gave emphasis on the three main classifications of the programs and activities, namely: the client
focused, organizational-focused, and attributed projects and programs.
Meanwhile, the second day started with a recap of what happened during the first day by Mr. Ariel Rivera, GAD coordinator of Naic Campus. After the recap, the participants presented their own plan and budget for the year 2022 in their respective college/campus and unit. Each was given time to present their output and Ms. Raecel A. Estebat assisted in enhancing their plans and budget.
To wrap up the success of the workshop, Ms. Lolita G. Herrera, Director of Finance Management Office, delivered the closing remarks by reminding the participants that GAD planning should be integrated in the regular activities of the agencies which shall be at least five percent (5%) of their total budget. She also discussed the essential elements that must be present in creating a plan and budget which served as a challenge for the participants – creation/strengthening of the GAD focal system, clear understanding and appreciation of GAD, conduct of gender audit, institutionalized GAD database/ Sex aggregation data. (KCFrancisco)