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Gender and Development (GAD)
Republic Act No. 7192 or Women in Development and Nation Building Act recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.
GAD is a development perspective that recognizes that there are blocks/ gender biases that prevent people from attaining their full potentials. GAD works to remove gender biases in individual, families, and institutions. GAD enables women and men to do productive work and have control of and benefit from the income; and able to be knowledgeable, skilled, confident with abilities and comfortable with achievements, independence, and power.
Role of DILG:
As one of the oversight agencies, the DILG enjoins LGUs to mainstream and institutionalize GAD, ensuring that it is integrated and incorporated in the LGUs planning and budget processes which further ascertains the creation of the Local Councils of Women in every LGU.
DILG also maintains active partnership with other gender responsive institutions through UGSAD, the Regional Gender Resource Center for Western Visayas composed of GAD Focal Persons in the region. UGSAD created a venue that effectively address gender issues particularly in the workplace.