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PIA Press Release
2010/03/15

San Jose de Buenavista holds 3rd Gender and Development Congress

by Deo Orquejo

San Jose de Buenavista, Antique (15 March) -- The Municipal Government of San Jose de Buenavista in partnership with the Antique Human Development Program held the 3rd Gender and Development (GAD) Congress recently with the theme "Gender and Development Mainstreaming in Local Governance".

The congress aimed to orient Gender and Development Council with gender principles, concepts and mainstreaming strategies. Secondly, it aimed to instill to the GAD Council members their roles and responsibility as stipulated in the approved Municipal Gender and Development Code. It also has a goal of giving knowledge about the allowable allocations under the GAD Budget, and consequently, formulation of a GAD plan and budget proposal for their respective Local government Unit.

The Congress was participated by Barangay Officials (Punong Barangays and Kagawad in charge of the Committee on Social Services) as well as the Municipal Officials and Employees of San Jose de Buenavista.

In his speech during the congress, Sangguniang Bayan Member and OIC-Municipal Mayor Elmer Untaran stressed the premium that the present administration is giving to champion gender and development. He also pointed out the notable accomplishment of the Municipal Government to mainstream Gender and Development in Local Governance. Among its biggest achievement as far as Gender and Development is concern is the passing of the Municipal Ordinance No. 2009-02 also known as the Gender and Development Code of San Jose de Buienavista. The mentioned code provides for the promotion of equal rights in the provision of services, protection of the vulnerable sectors of the community and creation. The same code also reinforces the need to appropriate the GAD Budget for the planning and implementation of related project. The code itself is above and beyond the continuing services for social welfare, health, protection from gender based violence and livelihood programs that the LGU oath to provide for the alleviation of the lives of its constituents.

The output of the congress was the passing of four (4) congress resolutions that if materialized will intensify the Municipality's efforts towards achieving gender equality: Resolution for the Construction of Crisis Ward for the Mentally-ill in San Jose de Buenavista, Resolution for the Establishment of a Family Court in the municipality, Resolution for the Establishment of Temporary Holding Center for Children in Conflict with Law, and Resolution to Fast Track Construction of the Provincial Crises Centers for Victims of Violence Against Women and Children, and Victims of Trafficking. These congress resolutions will be forwarded to concerned government agencies for appropriate action. (SJdBA/PIA) [top]

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