In line with the goal of becoming a more gender-responsive province, the Technical Working Group of Cavite Gender and Development Focal Point System spearheaded a learning visit at the Gender and Development Office in the Municipality of Los Baños, Laguna on March 1, 2019.
Municipal GAD Officer Karen Lagat-Mercado oriented the group on the Best Practices in GAD mainstreaming of Los Baños LGU with emphasis on the development of GAD Database. It is a manifestation of the municipality’s strong commitment to the advocacy since it serves as basis for gender responsive planning, programming and policy formulation. There were 449 types of data needed in the database gathered from 14 barangays using results of the Community Based Monitoring System survey and data coming from various offices of the municipal government. It was narrowed down into several sectors such as social development, economic development, infrastructure and environment sector, institutional sector and gender mainstreaming for ease of identification and appreciation of end users.
Ms. Mercado also highlighted that the success of the LGU’s GAD advocacy is mainly attributed to the commitment of the Local Chief Executive and the strong support of the legislative body which gave way to the passage of gender-responsive local policies, fiscal administration and governance, in general. Community involvement also contributed to successful implementation of the GAD programs.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Civil Registrar and ICMS Head, Mr. Glenn N. Arieta shared to the participants their milestone in creating the database which started with the issuance of Executive Order No. 59 series of 2016 directing the Organization of the Los Baños Information & Communication Management Services (ICMS). After series of meetings with other offices, agencies, the academe and with the combined effort of GAD Council thru the GAD Office and the ICMS Team, the Los Baños GAD Database was formally launched on August 8, 2018.
After the briefing, the delegation made a courtesy call to Municipal Mayor Caesar Perez who welcomed the team and shared some of his undertakings in local administration. He encouraged each participant to do his own share towards a successful government. “Ang pagbabagong hinahanap nyo ay magsisimula sa bawat isang mamamayan hindi lamang sa aming nanunungkulan,” he added. He thanked everyone for coming with a hope that they have imparted new learnings to the group.
Municipal Councilor Josephine “Baby” Evangelista, Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family and a prime mover in the GAD campaign was also present during the activity.