In pursuit of the office’s commitment in advancing gender and development agenda in the University and its stakeholders, the University Gender and Development (GAD) Office organized a training workshop on “Gender Audit with Orientation on Magna Carta of Women (MCW) and CHED Memorandum Order 2015-01” on August 2-3 and 9-10, 2021 via Zoom.
The training-workshop was attended by the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) members composed of the Executive Committee headed by the University President, Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao together with the Vice Presidents and Chancellor; Technical Working Group composed of the Directors of various offices, Deans, Faculty Federation and Non-Teaching Staff Association Presidents, College GAD Coordinators, Pool of Experts of the university, and student representative; and the Secretariat.
Frederick P. Pablico, Training Program Coordinator of GAD Consultants/Trainers/ Facilitators of St. Scholastica’s Institute of Women’s Studies (IWS), and a certified member of the National GAD Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women, was invited to be the resource speaker and facilitator of the said workshop.
The aim of the activity is to understand concepts on GAD, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), CHED Memorandum Order 2015-01, Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Analysis, Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines, and Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework necessary in the Gender Audit and the formulation of the M&E for the GAD Agenda of the University.
On Gender Audit, RA 9710, and CHED MO 2015-01
One of the University’s Strategic Area of Concerns (SACs) is ensuring that processes and operations are systematically designed and implemented to maximize productivity and efficiency. The institutional strategy to make gender sensitivity an integral part of the University’s processes and operations is specific to this SAC.
In support to this strategy, the University conducted a training-workshop on Gender Audit that centered on assessing the institutionalization of gender equality in organizations which includes the policies, programs, projects, and/or provision of services, structures, proceedings, and budgets (Sheila Quinn, 2009).
Gender Audit is also a method for gender mainstreaming – a strategy to improve the quality of public policies, programs and projects, ensuring a more efficient allocation of resources (Council of Europe, 2021).
Just recently, the USeP GAD Agenda – VMG was approved by the Board of Regents.
The University of Southeastern Philippines continually aims to develop policies to mainstream gender equality and principles of women’s empowerment in the University’s programs and to adhere and demonstrate support on the existing laws and guidelines for the furtherance of Gender and Development.