SB Secretary Mila C. Bayog, Focal Person for Gender and Development (GAD), spearheaded the meeting of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) held at the Social Hall, 3rd Floor Legislative Building, Midsayap, Cotabato on June 4, 2020. 

During the said meeting, Ms. Bayog presented the various programs included in the GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) for 2021 of Midsayap LGU, to wit; 

   Client-focused:

  1. Continuous Programs & Activities for Indigenous Peoples and Muslims
  2. Skills Trainings & Seminars for Organized Groups (Civil Society Oragnizations)
  3. Skills Trainings & Seminars for Organized Women’s Groups
  4. Aid to Civil Society Organizations
  5. Buntis Congress 
  6. Adolescent Health Roll-Out Activity
  7. Strengthening the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS through Comprehensive Health Education for Adolescents in Four Barangay (School-Based) Program
  8. Renal Disease Control Program 
  9. Coverage of Treatment and Procurement of Medications for Mentally-Ill Patients
  10. Improvement of Health Programs in Different Barangays
  11. Support to Municipal Epidemiologic Surveillance Unit
  12. Logistical Support to Barangay Nutrition Scholar in Data Gathering & Survey on the Nutritional Status of Children in the Barangays
  13. Solid Waste Management Program
  14. Support to Child Development Services: Operating ECCD-DCC/CDC Programs
  15. Operation of the Center for Girls/Women In Crisis
  16. Scholarship Program for Indigent and Deserving Students/Pupils
  17. Pre-Marriage Orientation
  18. Support to Solo Parents Club Federation
  19. Development Program Intervention for Out of School Youth
  20. Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) of the Rural Health Unit – Level for People Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) and Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) of Midsayap (Batch 6)
  21. Community-Based Rehabilitation Program Evaluation – Commencement Exercises of PWUDs and PDL Batch 6
  22. CBRP for Recovering Drug Dependents or PWUDs and Released Prisoners of LGU Midsayap through Skills Training and Modular Sessions 
  23. Strengthening the Task Force Magdalena
  24. Advocating the Anti-Bullying of Mobilizing the Filipino Youth and Pupils Towards Responsible Social Networking
  25. Strengthening the Prevention and Control of Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases through Intensified Health Education Campaigns

   Organization-focused: 

  1. GAD Promotion
  2. Training Workshop on Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC)
  3. GAD Data Base
  4. Capability Building of GAD Focal Point System (GFPS)
  5. Establishment of GAD Office
  6. Aid to Local Council for Women

During the said meeting, members of the GFPS finalized the said GPB for 2021. According to Ms. Bayog, the GAD Plan and Budget will be submitted to the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) under the Provincial Government of Cotabato  and shall be reviewed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Cotabato Provincial Office. 

For 2021, the proposed total GAD Budget of Midsayap LGU is P18,537,512.45.  

Moreover, Ms. Sadria Paglala, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO), informed the members of the GFPS that the DILG is enjoining LGUs to submit the GAD Plan and Budget for 2021 and the GAD Accomplishment Report (AR) for 2019 online. She added that the DILG is gearing towards an online monitoring system of GAD programs in the country. 

MLGOO Paglala added that barangay officials are also encouraged to prepare their GAD Plans for 2021 in their respective barangays as it will be submitted to the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) for the review.  

Meanwhile, Councilor Chelin Monica J. Arańa, Chairperson of the SB Committee on Gender and Family, suggested to include the ‘Information Drive on Basic Human Rights for Women and Other Marginalized Sector’ as one of the GAD activities of Midsayap LGU. She said that this activity could be implemented in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and other stakeholders. 

Councilor Arańa also expressed her gratitude to the members of the GAD MultiSectoral Council for their continued support to the GAD initiatives of Midsayap LGU. She also thanked the women frontliners who were part of the battle to contain the spread of coronavirus disease in their respective communities. 

All programs, projects and activities for GAD implemented by Midsayap LGU are based on the Guidelines on the Localization of the Magna Carta for Women. Furthermore, the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01 mandates LGUs to ensure that the GFPS or GAD similar mechanisms are in place, fully functional and the members have the capacity and influence to promote gender mainstreaming. 

The Localization of the Magna Carta for Women mandates local officials and employees to be responsible in providing and ensuring that Gender and Development is mainstreamed in local policy-making, planning, programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.