Practically all pilot LGUs of the UNFPA Project are able to craft their respective annual GAD Plans and utilize their GAD budget. However, as there is no solid indication whether GAD budgets are utilized for activities that address real and prevailing GAD issues in the locality, there is still a need to advocate for increased and effective utilization of the GAD budget for gender-responsive activities exists.
In 2009, 26 out of the 41 pilot LGUs have approved GAD Codes, while nine more are in the process of legislation. Six LGUs have yet to start crafting their own GAD Codes.
In 2008, trainings were conducted for the LGUs of of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Bohol and Tawi-Tawi. Ifugao used gender analysis as the basis for their GAD plan.
The GAD Code of Bohol Province was crafted and passed in 2008. Pilot municipal LGUs of Bohol passed their GAD Codes in 2008 and 2009. Eastern Samar passed its Provincial GAD Code in 2008. Only the municipality of Llorente has a pending GAD Code.
In Masbate, Placer’s GAD Code was ready for publication in 2009, while the LGU of Dimasalang came up with a resolution in 2008 adopting the Provincial GAD Code. The GAD Code of the Municipality of Palanas is on its second reading at the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Board) in 2009.
Bontoc and Paracelis in Mt. Province have approved GAD Codes in 2008. Two non-pilot LGUs are also in the process of drafting their GAD Codes in 2009.
In Lanao del Sur, the Provincial GAD Code was on its first reading in 2009. Kapatagan, Bubong, and Marantao all have GAD Codes with IRRs.
The GAD Codes of Maguindanao Province and the municipality of Upi were approved in 2008. Meanwhile, Sulu’s GAD Code was in the process of consolidation and editing in 2009. Jolo and Parang were on the third reading. The province of Tawi-Tawi, and the towns of Panglima Sugala and Mapun all have draft GAD Codes in 2009. Bongao was able to pass the GAD Code in 2008.
In 2006, in the effort to mainstream gender in the local planning process and enhance the appreciation on GAD among LGU partners, the PCW included orientation on basic GAD Planning and Budgetting during the gender component cluster meetings. This process generated critical inputs to improve the existing LGU GAD planning and budgetting guidelines.
- Deeper collaboration with some LGU partners (Masbate, eastern samar, Ifugao and Mountain Province) on the provision of technical assistance on GAD planning and budgetting was also agred upon during the cluster meetings. With the assistance of an expert, a two-day workshop on GAD Planning and Budgetting and Orientation on LGU Performance Standards were conducted with the following pilot LGUs: (1) Masbate - July 6-7; (2) Eastern Samar - July 13-14; (3) Mountain Province - August 28-29; and (4) Ifugao - August 31-September 1.
- The project also facilitated the development and completion of the GAD Code Guidelines, which can help LGUs in the crafting and adoption of a local GAD Code.
- Anticipating the need for more in depth technical assistance for LGU partners, the PCW conducted capacity building workshop among its gender resource network based in the region/provinces. The list was distributed to the LGUs to be tapped as resource persons on gender, reproductive helath and local planning issues.
- LGU partners also made considerable strides in the formulation and development of local GAD plan and budgets, particularly those who were assisted by the PCW.