Councilor: Budget shows women get low priority in Dagupan

April 20, 2013 12:10 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Apri 19 –A reelectionist local legislator here on Friday claimed that women get low priority during the present city administration.

Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez, running under the Liberal Party (LP), said this was gleaned from the two previous city budgets where women were not given their due under Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women.

RA 9710 was violated, she said, when the city allocated only a measly amount under the Gender and Development (GAD) program.

Speaking during a huge rally Thursday night in Sitio San Gabriel, Bonuan Gueset, Fernandez also noted that Dagupan is the only local government unit (LGU)in Region 1 now without a Gender Development (GAD) Plan.

A GAD plan is a requirement for all government agencies–including LGUs–in RA 9710, Fernandez said.

Without a GAD plan for the last two years, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had returned to the city government its approved budgets.

DBM also noted lack of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan in those previous two years.

Fernandez quoted Section 43 of RA No. 9710 which states that "the State shall prioritize allocation of all available resources to effectively fulfill its obligation for the implementation of the Act. The State agencies' GAD budget, which shall be at least five percent (5%) of the total budgetary allocation shall also be utilized for the progress and activities of implementation of this Act".

Proving that the present city administration gives women low priority, Fernandez said in the 2012 budget of the city alone, only P2 million was allocated for GAD when it should be P30.6 million as last year's budget was pegged at P612 million.(PNA)

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