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Assessment on the Gender-Responsiveness of DOST Technologies

The DOST Gender Assessment Tool, an output of the GREAT Women Project, is a tool used for determining the gender-responsiveness of DOST technologies relevant to women enterprises.

Infusing Gender & Entrepreneurship in Tech-Voc Education

This case study shares the results of GREAT Women Project interventions in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), specifi cally its Women’s Center (WC). Through the project, TESDA-WC ensured the mainstreaming of gender and entrepreneurship in their technical-vocational education and training (TVET) curriculum and materials and built a core of trainers to train others in the use of these materials.

Partnering with Women to Enhance Local Governance

This case study features the intensified partnership of the Municipality of Balilihan with the Balilihan Association of Women for Development (BAWOD), the umbrella organization of women in the municipality. Because of this partnership, the local government was able to pursue gender-responsive policies, plans and programs, which enabled BAWOD to access services to improve their members’ enterprises and participate in local governance.

Philippine Gender and Development (GAD) Taxonomy

The Gender and Development (GAD) Taxonomy is a PCW-developed tool designed to help in classifying, organizing and accessing information and knowledge products on GAD.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003)

Implications to Local Government Units and Small Business Establishments

This environmental primer, produced by the Environmental Management Bureau with technical assistance by the GREAT Women Project, details the
Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the participation of women in community solid waste management.

The Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment Featuring Results of the GREAT Women Project from 2007-2013 (September 2013 edition)

This infographics booklet summarizes the results and accomplishments towards women’s economic empowerment of Philippine Commission on Women, national government agencies, local government units, private sector and WME groups under the GREAT Women Project. The booklet features the enabling environment for the GREAT Women Project.

The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act 9275) Primer

Implications to Local Government Units, Small Business Establishments and Women

This environmental primer, produced by the Environmental Management Bureau with technical assistance by the GREAT Women Project, details the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 alongside its gender and development dimensions, including the participation of women and women organizations in water quality management.

Weaving Progress for the Miag-ao Hablon Industry

This case study highlights the role of as well as challenges faced by women in the hablon making industry of Miag-ao, Iloilo. The GREAT Women Project supported the Municipality of Miag-ao to create a local enabling environment responsive to women hablon makers.

‘Kneading’ Success for Barugo Roscas-Making: GREAT Women Project Convergence for Enterprise Development

The case study trails the growth of the women-led roscas-making enterprise of Barugo, Leyte. It shows how convergence efforts of national agencies, the local government as well as civil society supported a family enterprise such as roscas-making into a community livelihood towards a commercial enterprise.

Building Capacities on WEE: National Government Agencies: DOST, DTI, PhilHealth and TESDA

The case previews how various forms of capacity development under the GREAT Women Project have enabled its national government agency partners, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, to accomplish their sub-projects under the GREAT Women Project.

Capacity development outcomes in Jagna: integration of WEE perspectives in selected local plans and policies

This case study presents the GWP-initiated capacity development on women’s economic empowerment undertaken by Jagna, Bohol, and its resulting WEE improvements in local municipal policies and plans.

Convergence for women calamaderas: developing a traditional enterprise in Jagna, Bohol

The case report presents the convergence efforts in the Municipality of Jagna to further develop the women-led calamay-making industry. This convergence model drove the local government to create the Jagna Sustainable Microenterprise Development (JASMED) Unit which is aimed not only to support the calamay-making industry, but enterprise development, in general.

Creating A Local Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Results of Partnership with PALMA+PB Alliance

The case study examines the initial results of partnership between the Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project and PALMA+PB Alliance in North Cotabato, which aimed toward creating a local enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment (WEE).

Developing local government capacities on WEE: stories of Metro Naga Development Council and PPALMA Alliance

This case previews how various forms of capacity development under the GREAT Women Project enabled local government clusters or alliances such as the Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC) and the PPALMA Alliance to mainstream gender and development and women’s economic empowerment.

Development of the GREEn Kit: rekindling gender mainstreaming in DENR’s Forest Management Bureau

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) maximized the opportunity opened by the GREAT Women Project to rekindle its gender mainstreaming initiatives. Through project implementation, DENR-FMB produced the GREEn Kit, a tool for national and local government. This tool also served to strengthen its environment and gender perspective in enterprise development.

Expanding Social Protection for Women in Microenterprises and in the Informal Economy: The Partial Subsidy Scheme of the PhilHealth

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation expanded its existing health insurance program to address issues and needs of women in microenterprises. Through the GREAT Women Project, a Partial Subsidy Scheme was developed and implemented by PhilHealth which enabled women to gain access and benefi ts from health insurance at a low cost, and engaged local governments and other sponsors in supporting such social protection scheme for women.

GREAT Women capacity development: key outcomes at the individual, organizational and enabling environment levels

This case study summarizes the project’s capacity development experiences, lessons, and results at the individual, organizational and enabling environment levels, from selected partner interviews. It shall also surface the facilitating factors and challenges encountered in the course of capacity development.

GREAT Women Project and DOST: embarking on impact assessment of gender-responsive technologies and technology transfer services

This case study explains the DOST sub-project of assessing gender-responsiveness of enterprise technologies and gender mainstreaming in the entire DOST System. It shows good practices/models on WEE, including the development and application of the Gender-Responsive Impact Assessment Tool and actual assessment of women microentrepreneur technologies.

Hardin ng Kalikasan: an emerging model of a learning and resilient women’s cooperative

Hardin ng Kalikasan is the cooperative partner of the Department of Trade and Industry-Cottage Industry and Technology Center (CITC) under the GREAT Women Project in Real, Quezon. From a livelihood project for women, Hardin blossomed into a resilient women’s cooperative that sprung from adversity and scarcity of resources.

Integrating Environmental Governance in Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiatives Towards Environmentally-Sound and Gender-Sensitive Enterprises

Most micro, small and medium enterprises, such as agri-based livelihoods, fisheries and handicrafts, are women-led and highly dependent on natural resources. Such resources are limited yet rapidly depleting and adversely affected by the radically changing climate. These challenges are recognized by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), through the GREAT Women Project, making environmental governance as one of the cross-cutting themes in the pursuit of women’s economic empowerment.

Promoting Occupational Safety and Health Among Microenterprises in Metro Naga Building Capacities on Women’s Economic Empowerment

The case study features studies conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment-Occupational Safety and Health Center on five predominant livelihoods for women in Metro Naga sites. These studies also presented working conditions, perception on occupational safety and health, and experiences on work-related injuries and illnesses. Its results are guiding DOLE-OSHC in the application of occupational health and safety standard practices among women microentrepreneurs.

Raising Computer Literacy Among Women Microentrepreneurs in Tanauan, Leyte: A Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative By The Local Government

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), through the GREAT Women Project, forged partnership with the Municipal Government of Tanauan to enhance its local enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment. Capacity development activities were implemented in the municipality, resulting to plans, programs and projects that support its women microentrepreneurs; noteworthy of which is its computer literacy program – Community eCenter - for women.

Re-inventing the Philippine Commission on Women: building capacities on women’s economic empowerment

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is a continuously learning organization . With the GREAT Women Project , PCW embarked on a journey of self-assessment of its accomplishments for the past decades on promoting women’s concerns towards re-inventing itself through capacity development to become more effective and responsive in advocating women’s economic empowerment, and ultimately, furthering its role as the national machinery for the advancement of women.

Surveying women microentrepreneurs: highlights of the baseline study on women microentrepreneurs and women workers in PPALMA Alliance

The baseline studies were conducted by the Integrated Development Services (IDS), which took on the local enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment component of the research and the Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), for the women microentrepreneurs (WME) and women workers in microenterprises (WWME) component. For the WME/WWME component of the research, feminist descriptive research was used as the research methodology of AdDU, mainly using triangulation of data collection methods (quantitative and qualitative), and sources of information (women entrepreneurs and women workers).

The Environment and Social Management Guidelines: Ensuring Environmentally-Sound and Gender-Sensitive Enterprises

Making enterprises resilient require environmental soundness and gender-responsiveness. With this, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), through the GREAT Women Project, developed the Environment and Social Management Guidelines (ESMG), a tool to push forward environmentally-sustainable and gender-responsive enterprises.

The provincial GAD office: maximizing opportunities towards gender-responsive local governance

What started out as an ad hoc office of the provincial goverment became a strong mechanism that binds GAD initiatives in the entire province. In this case, the Provincial Gender and Development Office (PGAD) of Quezon, with its limited capacities but with a fervent wish to enrich the province's GAD efforts, maximized the opportunities brought by the GREAT Women Project to learn, engage key players and promote gender-responsive local governance.

Engendering local policies and plans: integrating WEE in the local policies and plans of Baybay City

The city of Baybay was chosen as one of the pilot areas for the GREAT Women Project (GWP) mainly because of a convergence of partners for enterprise development, and the pressing women’s issues in the city. The City of Baybay has already developed plans and programs on gender, with both a GAD Code and a GAD Plan in place, even before GREAT Women Project implementation. In fact, Baybay City already appointed a GAD Focal Person who could start implementation of gender mainstreaming activities, women empowerment and women microentrepreneurs.

Firming up partnerships for GAD: Barugo's tri-partite partnership towards a gender-responsive local government unit

This case study documents the implementation of the Great Women Project in Barugo, Leyte and the emergence of a tripartite partnership among the LGU, the GWP and the Rungggiyan Social Development Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization promoting women’s welfare and development.

Getting a good view of Buenavista: successes of Buenavista in building a local enabling environment for WEE

This case study looks into the entrepreneurial eff orts that had been initiated among women micro-entrepreneurs in Buenavista. It also highlights the role played by the LGU leadership and the GWP to support these efforts and how these helped the process of empowering women in the long term.

Harnessing bamboo production: development of a business plan for women-led bamboo production in Bula

This case study highlights the experience that the key players in Bula, Metro Naga went through in creating the local enabling environment for WEE in partnership with the GWP. It covers project events from inception in 2006, its formal launching in March 2007, until September of 2009.

Improving LGU vision with gender lens: women empowerment views in Infanta’s social and policy analysis

This case study documents the experience of the town of Infanta in enhancing gender-responsive local governance, as well as in promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Revitalizing GAD and WEE promotion: Leyte’s first-year implementation of the GREAT Women Project

This case study looks into the initial GREAT Women Project implementation in Leyte province and the role it played in enhancing the gender-responsiveness of the LGU.

Supporting enterprises of women: Balilihan experience in supporting current and new enterprises of women

The case study documents changes among women in Balilihan, Buenavista and Jagna municipalities of Bohol through GREAT Women Project, a capacity development and governance project. The case study focuses on how the local enabling environment is gradually enabling the Balilihan Association of Women for Development (BAWOD) and the women involved in the local women-led handicraft-making enterrpise, known as tuhog-tuhog, to branch out into new enterprises and opportunities for women.

Transforming crab paste processing:

This case study documents the was the experience of the women entrepreneurs in Cagbunga engaged in crabmeat pre-processing and the role of the Great Women Project (GWP) in creating a supportive political and social environment that helped empower the women entrepreneurs.

Republic Act 9208: anti-trafficking in persons act of 2003 and implementing rules and regulations

This publications contains the full text of the Republic Act No. 9208 also known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003." It also contains the implementing rules and regulations for this law.

Understanding violence against women : core messages for services, training, education, and advocacy

This booklet serves as a practical, relevant and handy reference on the nature of VAW, how it affects women and men's lives, why it happens and some guidance for those who help victims/ survivors and offenders. It is intended for use of the different frontline agencies addressing issues on VAW like the PNP, DSWD, DOH, DOJ, DILG, etc.

Joint Circular 2004-1 - Guidelines for the Preparation of Annual GAD Plan Budget and Accomplishment Report

Joint Circular of DBM, NEDA and NCRFW. Contains the guidelines for the preparation of the annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget and Accomplishment Report to implement the section on "Programs/Projects Related to GAD" of the General Appropriations Act.

Making LGUs Gender Responsive: A Primer for Local Chief Executives

This Primer serves as an advocacy material for local chief executives in understanding and appreciating gender and development. It provides basic information on how the LCEs can initiate the process to respond to the gender issues of their women constituents.

Making Financing Projects Work for Women


This handbook will serve as a ready reference for practitioners, planners and implementors and advocates alike,in their efforts to address gender concerns in cooperatives and other self-help institutions which speak of a large number of female memberships, yet males occupy leadership positions.

GAD Planning and Budgeting: Adding Value to Governance

This publication contains the report on the agencies' compliance to the Gender and Development (GAD) Budget Policy. It covers the year 2001.