GAD History

GAD Focal Point System (GFPS)


DENR formally welcomed  Gender and Development (GAD) in 1989, when former DENR Secretary Fulgencio Factoran was at the helm, in response to Executive Order 348. The first GAD structure created in the DENR was the Technical Working Committee on Women (TWCW) composed of representatives from six Bureaus and four Regional Offices. This Committee was responsible for ensuring that DENR policies, programs and projects responded to the needs and are sensitive to the interests of its women clients/beneficiaries and employees. Headed by Victoria Orara of the Management Division, the TWCW can be proud of a major accomplishment. It succeeded in its lobby for the inclusion of a clause in DENR Administrative Order No. 4 which provides for the awarding of certificates of stewardship (CSs) to both spouses. This provision constitutes a radical departure from the past practice of awarding of CSs to the head of the family who is the husband. The TWCW was responsible for the preparation of reports on DENR compliance with Republic Act 7192 – promoting the integration of women as full and equal partners of men in development and nation building.  DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 07. Series of 1995 transforms the TWCW into the DENR National Gender and Development Focal Point System that provides the Head Executive Assistant (HEA) as the Chair and supported by various Technical Committees.  DAO No. 07, Series of 1995 was amended subsequently by DAO No. 15, Series of 1998, DAO No. 55, Series of 1998, DAO No 27, Series of 1999 and DAO No. 2001-18 , which is now headed by the highest woman official (Undersecretary and Chief of Staff) and co- chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance.


 DENR GAD Vision

Partnership of Empowered Men and Women for Sustainable Development.



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