2014 Annual Report

 In pursuit of the DENR’s mandate and its commitment to implement the provisions of Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), the DENR Gender and Development (GAD) implemented various programs and activities in 2014 that are relevant to the continuing quest for gender equality.  The MCW offers meaningful opportunities for the Department to be an effective and responsive agency, not only in environmental management and protection, but in the empowerment of women as well.

 The following were accomplished in 2014: 

1. Active Participation during Women’s Month Celebration

As a kick-off activity to celebrate the International Women’s Day, around 200 personnel from the Central Office, NCR, Bureaus and Attached Agencies participated in the gathering on 08 March 2014 at the Quirino Grandstand. The activity’s theme, “Sulong Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin Sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong,” not only reflects the women’s resilience, strength and role in nation building and their untiring participation as volunteers during natural calamities, but also their pro-active role in environmental protection and the sustainable management of natural resources.

The country was able to set a record of the world’s most participated woman symbol formation. The Guinness World Records (GWR) has given the Certification for the largest woman symbol formation participated by 10,168 people.

2. Formulation of the Department’s GAD Roadmap, 2015 - 2017

In previous years, GAD strategic planning has taken a back seat and GAD concerns were not included in the development plan of the agency. The last strategic planning for GAD was in 2005.

However, in 2014, this was made a priority as manifested by the conduct of the National GAD Strategic Planning Workshop on June 18-20, 2014 at Estancia Hotel, Tagaytay City. It was attended by Regional GAD Focal Persons. The output of the said workshop was the Draft Roadmap for 2015 – 2017 which serves as basis for the 2015 and 2016 GAD Plan and Budget.

3. Strengthened Capability of DENR GAD Champions

To strengthen the capability of DENR GAD champions, the conduct of “Training Workshop of DENR Technical Officers and GAD Focal Point Members on the Harmonized GAD Guidelines.” was held in DAP Tagaytay City last September 23 - 25, 2014, with Ms. Loren Umali as the facilitator. The workshop was attended by 60 participants (56 women and 4 men) from 16 regions, attached agencies, bureaus and central office.

The following objectives were achieved:

- Increased knowledge and understanding of basic policy guidelines on Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGDG) and its contents
- Increased appreciation of the key tools i.e. GAD Checklists, contained in the HGDG
- Acquired basic skills in assessing the gender-responsiveness of the agency’s programs/projects using the relevant Checklists
- Gained understanding of how the Checklists are used in attributing costs to the GAD budget
- Gained knowledge on how GAD funds are audited


4. Implemented GAD Activities Nationwide

Women’s participation in various ENR programs/projects was pursued by giving them leadership roles, enabling their participation in decision making, and capability building through workshops/trainings on the latest ENR laws. These include:

- Women as agent in disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation was recognized through active participation in the orientations conducted in      Regions 3, 4A, 6, and 11.

- In promoting Manila Bay clean up and coastal rehabilitation, women were involved in the conduct of lectures, fora, and in monitoring the progress of the project.

- Awareness on the NGP and different programs/projects was increased through production and distribution of 11,600 IEC materials in Regions 3,4B, 6, 9, 12 and NCR.

- To develop a more gender responsive policy, program and strategy, sex-disaggregated data was collected and maintained in Regions 5, 11, 12, and 13.

- To inculcate GAD concepts and principles among the leaders and rank and file employees, Gender Sensitivity Training was conducted in Regions 4A, 4B, 8 and 11.

     With these accomplishments, the year 2014 was a productive year that was made possible through the concerted efforts of actively involved people in the Department.  Looking ahead, the Department is gearing up to face the continuing challenge of achieving gender equality, in and outside its turf.  And, with the 2015-2017 GAD Roadmap, it is confident that it can remain persistent in its implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.