Recipients of CIDA, NCRFW Great Women Project complete gender sensitivity training and orientation

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

ILOILO CITY, Sept. 11 – Four local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo identified as pilot recipients of the Gender Responsive Economic Action for Transformation (GREAT) of Women have already completed the series of gender sensitivity trainings and orientation facilitated by the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) now known as the Philippine Commission on Women.

The GREAT Women project, which is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has identified the municipalities of Badiangan, Miagao, Pavia and the provincial government of Iloilo as recipients.

It is a capacity development initiative that seeks to promote “economic empowerment of women, especially those in micro-enterprises.”

The last training that culminated Friday afternoon was attended by executives and employees of the Iloilo provincial government.

NCRFW local coordinator Velma Jane Lao said that after the gender sensitivity training, there would still be succeeding activities in every LGU such as writeshops, review of Comprehensive Land use Plan (CLUP), Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) and other policy and programs where local economic development and women empowerment can be integrated.

Lao said they hope to see the impact of the project in the next six months or one year.

Meanwhile, Iloilo provincial planning officer Mario Nillos added that the project will serve as avenue for them to incorporate gender issues in the programs and services of the provincial government.

“In the past several programs didn’t take cognizance of gender concerns,” he said. “This time, in any programs and services that the government shall provide we should always put in mind gender issues.”

He also looked forward to the replication of the project in other municipalities of the province to be spearheaded by the provincial government.

“This will have a big impact because this will create an atmosphere that we should take into consideration gender issues. There has to be a balance when it comes to choosing would-be beneficiaries of government programs and services,” he added. (PNA) LAP/PGLena/vlo

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