The Samar State University Gender and Development Office (GAD) is a unit under the Vice-President for Planning Research and Extension, the Unit’s day- to-day operations are administered and supervised by the Director of Gender and Development, which is established to mainstream gender into the mandated functions of the University to promote the principle of equality between men and women. It adheres to the principle that development is for all and ensures the equal distribution of opportunities, resources, and benefits among faculty, personnel and staff as well as students. It aims for gender justice and works toward the realization of a University free of gender bias and discrimination, gender oppression, and gender violence such as sexual harassment.
It also promotes gender awareness and gender sensitivity in teaching, research, extension production, and the administration of the University while it promotes, coordinates and monitors the integration of gender concepts and issues in teaching and curriculum development in the external campuses of the University.
For a number of years the GAD Office has supported the development of the University through the organizing and conducting of seminars and workshops on gender sensitivity and helped create awareness of gender issues in the curriculum. The seminars and workshops enabled the faculty and staff to enrich their knowledge and incorporate them in their teaching. Moreover, the GAD Office served the constituents through activities such as human rights seminar, reproductive health rights, livelihood programs and gender sensitivity programs which are conducted in the main and external campuses.
At present the GAD programs are fully established in the main campus and for the external campuses of the University. The following are its six program components.
- Discussion forum is practiced. Before a meeting starts there is sharing of experiences regarding people and the community. There are presentations of programs, evaluation of activities conducted, research and other outputs. It is the venue for discussing gender issues and concerns regarding its clients and organization.
- Curriculum Development. To strengthen and widen the promotion of gender equity and equality among the students of the University an integration of gender issues and concepts within the existing curricular programs and courses particularly NSTP.
- The program includes the study of researches of the areas of concerns such as gender, gender roles in development, health, enviroment, fishery and agriculture. It facilitates the conduct of empirical studies on gender and development.
- Conduct studies and activities to equip individuals in the community with skills necessary for the development of their potentials.
- The program maintains a library resource and publish informational materials to dissiminate information and awareness. It likewise publish series of outputs of GAD Researches.
- Networking and Linkages. The last program is the establishment of links with other centers, scholars, and advocates in order to reach out to other members and to the community as a whole.
GAD Focal Point System
- Functions of the GAD Focal Point System
The GFPS shall perform the following functions:
- Lead in mainstreaming gender perspective in agency/department policies, plans and programs. In the process, they shall ensure the assessment of the gender-responsiveness of systems, structures, policies, programs, processes, and procedures of the agency based on the priority needs and concerns of constituencies and employees and the formulation of recommendations including their implementation;
- Lead in setting up appropriate systems and mechanisms to ensure the generation, processing, review and updating of sex-disaggregated data or GAD database to serve as basis in performance-based gender responsive planning;
- Coordinate efforts of different divisions, offices, units of the agency and advocate for the integration of GAD perspectives in all their systems and processes;
- Spearhead the preparation of the agency annual performance-based GAD Plans, Programs and Budget in response to gender issues of their constituencies and clients and in the context of their agency mandate, and consolidate the same following the format and procedure prescribed by the PCW, DBM and NEDA in the Joint Circular 2012-1. The GFPS shall likewise be responsible for submitting the consolidated GAD Plans and Budgets of the department/agency, and as needed, in responding to PCW’s comments or requests for additional information.
- Lead in monitoring the effective implementation of GAD-related policies and the annual GAD Plans, Programs and Budget;
- Lead the preparation and consolidation of the annual agency GAD Accomplishment Report and other GAD Reports that maybe required under the MCW;
- Strengthen the external link with other agencies or organizations working on women’s rights and gender and development to harmonize and synchronize GAD efforts at various levels of governance;
- Promote and actively pursue the participation of women and gender advocates, other civil society groups and private organizations in the various stages of the development planning cycle, giving special attention to the marginalized sectors; and
- Ensure that all personnel of the agency including the finance officers (e.g. accountant, budget officer, auditors) are capacitated on GAD. Along this line, the GFPS will recommend and plan an appropriate capacity development program on gender and development for its employees as part of and implemented under its regular human resource development program.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- The GFPS Head of Agency shall :
- Issue policies or other directives that support GAD mainstreaming in the policies, plans, programs, projects and activities, budget, systems and procedures of the agency including the creation, strengthening, modification or reconstitution of the GFPS; and
- Approve the GAD Plan, Program and Budget of the agency as duly endorsed by the Executive Committee, with the assistance of the Technical Working Group, and ensure its implementation.
- The Executive Committee shall:
- Provide direction and give policy advice to the Agency Head to support and strengthen the GFPS and agency’s GAD mainstreaming activities;
- Direct the identification of GAD strategies, programs, activities and projects based on the results of the gender audit, gender analysis and according to the identified priorities of the agency in response to the gender issues faced by its clients and employees;
- Ensure the timely submission of the agency GAD Plan and Budget, Accomplishment Report and other GAD-related reports to the PCW and to DBM;
- Ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the agency GAD programs, activities and projects and the judicious utilization of the GAD Budget;
- Build and strengthen the partnership of the agency with PCW, GAD experts, advocates, women’s groups and other stakeholders in pursuit of gender mainstreaming;
- Recommend approval of agency GAD Plans and Budgets and GAD ARs; and
- Recommend awards or recognition to outstanding institutional GAD programs, activities and projects and /or GAD FP members.
- The Technical Working Group (TWG) or Secretariat shall:
- Facilitate the implementation of the gender mainstreaming efforts of the agency through the GAD planning and budgeting process;
- Formulate agency GAD Plans, Programs and Budget in response to the gender gaps and issues faced by their clients and constituencies, women and men employees, following the conduct of a gender audit, gender analysis, and/or review of sex disaggregated data;
- Assist in the capacity development of and provide technical assistance to the agency, and as needed, to officers in the other offices or units. In this regard, the TWG shall work with the human resource development office on the development and implementation of an appropriate capacity development program on gender equality and women’s empowerment for its employees, and as requested or deemed necessary, for other offices under the Department or Agency, as the case may be;
- Coordinate with the various units of the agency including its regional and attached agencies and ensure their meaningful participation in GAD strategic and annual planning exercises. The TWG of the GFPS of the central agency shall coordinate with the GFPS of its attached agencies, bureaus and regional offices especially on the preparation, consolidation and submission of GAD Plans and Budgets;
- Lead the conduct of advocacy activities and the development of IEC materials to ensure critical support of agency officials, staff and relevant stakeholders to the activities of the GAD Focal Point System and GAD mainstreaming activities;
- Monitor the implementation of GAD-related programs, activities and projects in their respective offices and suggest corrective measures to improve implementation of GAD PAPs and GFPS activities;
- Prepare and consolidate agency GAD accomplishment reports; and
- Provide regular updates and recommendations to the head of agency or ExeCom on the activities of the GFPS and the progress of agency GAD mainstreaming activities based on the feedback and reports of the various units of the agency.
SSU GAD Focal Point System
The following are the members of the GAD Focal Point System of the University as follows namely:
- Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, University President
- Dr. Ronald L. Orale, V-P for Planning Research & Extension
- Dr. Marlyn G. Lanzarrote, Director, Gender and Development
- Mr. Jose M. Panganoron, CPA, Director, Financial Services
- Dr. Lydia A. Gonzalez, Budget Officer III
- Ms. Arlene J. Tizon, CPA, Accountant III
The GAD Focal Persons by College:
- Prof. Charmaine R. Quina (College of Nursing and Health Sciences)
- Prof. Jhonil C. Bajado (College of Education)
- Prof. Janet Diaz-Caber (College of Industrial Technology)
- Prof. Cresencia U. Gayamat (College of Arts and Sciences)
- Prof. Cristina Y. Abalos (College of Engineering)
- Prof. Janet L. Macopia (Mercedes Campus)
- Prof. Veronica A. Gabon (Paranas Campus)
- Prof. Jonafe O. Matugas (Basey Campus)
- Prof. Anecito A. Sultan (CASPED)
- Ms. Jocelyn A. Macapanas (Office Coordinator)
Project/Plan, Targets and Stategies
The following is the three-year projects, plans, program and targets for the calendar 2015-2017 of SSU GAD Committee:
- Program: Rationalize Program Integration of Gender Concepts in the Curriculum
- Ensure GAD concepts are integrated in NSTP Curriculum, Humanities, Social Sciences through seminars and trainings
- Recruitment of student volunteers for GAD Advocacy in coordination with the University Student Council and other students organization
- Project: Gender Sensitivity, Awareness and Advocacy
- Training (every semester) on Gender Fair Language for College students, Faculty and Staff
- Training (every semester) on Gender Sexuality and Reproductive Health
- Seminar/Training on Gender Sensitivity, Gender Concepts for New Faculty and Staff
- Seminar/Training on Magna Carta of Women
- Women’s Month Celebration
- Seminar on Sexual Rights, HIV, VAW, Human Trafficking
- Gender Sensitivity in the Media through hosting of the radio program
- Gender and Wellness Program
- Generate income from trainings
- Partnership with LGU’s and NGO’s
- Sustain advocacy through GAD Office and student volunteers
- Monitor, evaluate and assess GAD mainstreaming
- Program : Strengthen the University as center of excellence in research
- Participatory research on Gender in the selected Barangays
- Proposals on GAD Researches
- Disseminate GAD Publications
- Encourage GAD Publications on GAD Researches
- Project: Fortification of Science and Technology
- Develop GAD Learning/Educational Materials
- Inclusion of GAD resources in the OPAC
- Accessibility of GAD books and other materials in the University library
- Creation of Web Page for GAD programs and activities
- Strenghthen network and linkages through the internet
- Attendance on International, National and Local Meetings and Conferences
- Integration of gender concepts and gender sexuality and reproductive health in the NSTP curriculum (Gender Awareness Program)
- Conducted of GAD Researches on women and gender roles in adopting climate change
- GAD Advocacy on women’s rights for marginalized women, reproductive health and gender equality and Seminar on Teen-age pregnancy
- Development of gender educational materials for training
- Orientation on Sexual Harassment for all graduating students
- Commemoration on Women’ Month
- GAD Quiz Bee
- Poster Making Contest
- Theatrical Play on GAD Issues
- Film Showing
- Conducted Gender Sensitivity Training
- Discussion of VAWC in College Classess
- Established linkages among LGU’s, NGO’s and other agencies in promoting gender
- Sent faculty members and GAD Focal persons to gender-ralated training and coferences
- Orientation on related laws concerning the protection of women particularly the Magna Carta of Women
- Training on Sexual Rights VAW, HIV and STI’s
- Provision of GAD corner in the University Library
For more information, please contact
Marlyn G. Lanzarrote, Ph.D.
Gender and Development Office (GAD)
Samar State University
Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines
Tel. No. (055) 251-3424