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)