Gender Responsive Local Governance: Upi Experience


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Gender Responsive Local Governance: Upi Experience

  1. 1. Gender Responsive Local Governance: Upi Experience Maria Elena II T. Castro , MPA UWFI Vice President for Operations Upi, Maguindanao
  2. 2. 04/05/11 Upi Profile <ul><li>Area = 74,295 Hectares </li></ul><ul><li>23 landlocked barangays </li></ul><ul><li>51,650 populace – Teduray lumads 44%, Moro 23%, Illonggo 17%, Tagalog 7%, Cebuano 3%, Ilocano 2%, Other ethnic group 4% </li></ul><ul><li>Upi is located in the Province of Maguindanao </li></ul>
  3. 3. Brief History of the UWFI <ul><li>The Upi Women’s Federation Inc.(UWFI) came into being in the year 2004 which was initiated by the First Lady, Madam Amelita A. Piang, the better half of municipal mayor Hon. Ramon A. Piang Sr. It is located at Barangay Nuro, in the municipality of Upi, Maguindanao. It is a non-sectarian and non-profit organization which focuses on gender and women development. It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission bearing no.CN 200930771 and is duly accredited with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government unit of Upi. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>It is composed of more or less 4,000 tri-people women (T’durays, Christians and moro people) coming from the 23 landlocked barangays of Upi. These women engage themselves in livelihood programs which aim to increase family income thus reducing poverty. These women also get themselves involved in program planning/decision making, health and health related activities, advocacy on VAW-C, Anti-Trafficking/other forms of exploitation and discrimination, responsible parenthood, responsibilities and liabilities of fathers reproductive health and family planning. </li></ul>Brief History of UWFI
  5. 5. <ul><li>The women’s organization was purposely organized to serve as the implementing arm of the Local Government Unit in the implementation of the 5% GAD funds of the municipality and as well as the barangays. </li></ul>The Brief History of UWFI
  6. 6. <ul><li>VISION </li></ul><ul><li>We envision an empowered, socially and economically stable women who are free from all forms of violence and exploitation. </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><li>We will strive to raise the awareness of all Upians on Violence Against Women and their Children, Anti-Trafficking in Persons and all forms of discrimination, exploitation and encourage their active participation on Life Skills Training and Micro-enterprise. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Situational Analysis <ul><li>Limited awareness of the community on Gender and Development plans and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of Gender and Children’s Code </li></ul><ul><li>GAD plan is formulated by barangay officials that have not undertaken any gender orientation </li></ul><ul><li>5% GAD Budget not properly utilized; </li></ul><ul><li>No structure or mechanisms to respond to VAWC and Anti- trafficking in person cases </li></ul>
  8. 8. Situational Analysis <ul><li>Incidence of VAWC </li></ul><ul><li>Incidence of human trafficking </li></ul><ul><li>High unemployment rate </li></ul><ul><li>Low family income </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of access to income generating activities </li></ul><ul><li>High Maternal Mortality, </li></ul><ul><li>Child morbidity rate due to malnutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Limited participation of women </li></ul>
  9. 9. Efforts in GAD Mainstreaming <ul><li>GAD POLICY, PLANNING AND PROGRAMMINGs </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of GAD team and focal person </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted the Gender and Women’s Development Code, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted the Children’s Code, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Submission of GAD plan </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of the Gender-Sensitive Executive and Legislative Agenda 2007-2010– 92% </li></ul><ul><li>Barangay Women groups form part in the decision making of the barangay budget particularly the 5% GAD funds; </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Re/organization of Women’s group in the barangays </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming of GAD plan in the formulation of POPDEV </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of children and women’s desk </li></ul><ul><li>Utilization of 5% Gender Fund for gender trainings, agri- enterprise/livelihood activities, social services, environment and business development center </li></ul>
  11. 11. Efforts in GAD Mainstreaming <ul><li>GAD ORIENTATION/TRAININGS </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Mainstreaming and Planning 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Assessment Planning in Feb. 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming Gender in Enterprise Development March 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Sensitivity Training for 23 barangays </li></ul><ul><li>VAWC-AT </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening of the MIACAT as vehicle to promote sessions on VAWC-AT </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Order no. 7, 2007 issuance for the creation of IACAT </li></ul><ul><li>BIACAT-VAWC Formation in 4 barangays </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance to Case Management Conference on VAWC-AT, DSWD, PNP, DOH – Established referral system </li></ul>
  12. 12. Efforts in GAD Mainstreaming <ul><li>ENTERPRISE </li></ul><ul><li>Study Tour on” Bahay Kubo” concept, vermiculture, and Philippine Carabao Center, Kabacan, Cotabato </li></ul><ul><li>Study tour to Integrated Farm at Bukidnon </li></ul><ul><li>Study tour of the STEP-UP students to micro-enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Techno transfer on livestock, poultry raising, tilapia production and vegetable farming, soap-making, corn husk crafts, food processing and preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Economic Enterprise Training – Establishment of the Business Development Center </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Forum on Enterprise Development </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-lending </li></ul><ul><li>PARTNERSHIPS </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with the Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. and Microsoft Philippines in the operation of the Community Learning and Training Center for the STEP-UP Program. Its primary objective is to raise the awareness of OSY’s about the Anti-trafficking in person by providing them Basic Information Technology Course. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Efforts in GAD Mainstreaming <ul><li>SOCIAL </li></ul><ul><li>Support to indigent and mentally ill persons </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment of low income families to Philhealth </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Missions and Outreach Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support and participation to Meguyaya Festival and other child development programs </li></ul><ul><li>Trained traditional hilots </li></ul><ul><li>Support to Day Care Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Health information and education through radio programming DXUP </li></ul><ul><li>Mother’s Classes Organized </li></ul><ul><li>Presence of Children's Park </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Birthing Clinics (4 barangays) </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of GAD Center- Center for women in crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of the Teen Center </li></ul>
  14. 14. Efforts in GAD Mainstreaming <ul><li>ADVOCACY </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based IEC on GAD VAWC-AT, magna carta for women and disaster management in the 23 barangays; </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Celebration of International Women’s Month – March 8 (hanging of streamers, conduct of good Morning Monday - information on gender through radio, livelihood and GAD orientation and Gender Mainstreaming, Olympics and women’s congress) </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Congress </li></ul>
  15. 15. Strategies that Worked <ul><li>Organization Building </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Information and Education Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Barangay Assemblies </li></ul><ul><li>Radio plugging and programming </li></ul><ul><li>Trainings ( PNP, Women Leaders/groups) </li></ul><ul><li>IEC Materials development (billboards and posters and flyers) </li></ul><ul><li>Participation on women’s month celebration and festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Organization of OSYs for enrollment to STEP-UP </li></ul><ul><li>Regular monthly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Strong political will </li></ul>
  16. 16. Hindering Factors <ul><li>Apathetic attitude on GENDER </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional/cultural perception on Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Limited appreciation of GAD planning and budgeting and how this will be integrated within their system </li></ul><ul><li>Officials have limited knowledge on how to implement RA 9262. RA 9208, Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Facilitating Factors <ul><li>Realization of women on gender rights and role in economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Functional structures and systems (Desk, M/BIACAT, BCPC, GAD Focal person and team) </li></ul><ul><li>Support of the LGU – policy and counterpart funding for women activities, Women’s Month Celebration and Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Participation of women in the formulation of Barangay GAD AIP </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of BDC as support for women livelihood </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda of Mayor for 2007-2010 to focus on economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of “Bahay Kubo&quot;in every barangay to address health, nutrition and economic aspects of every households </li></ul>
  18. 18. Challenges <ul><li>One barangay –one midwife </li></ul><ul><li>Philhealth Accreditation of the Rural Health Unit not renewed </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation of barangay officials on issuance of barangay protection orders </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation on handling VAWC-AT cases </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming and internalization of Gender programming in every LGU departments </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening LGU referral system for VAWC -AT </li></ul><ul><li>Limited materials on Gender and Enterprise Development </li></ul><ul><li>Operationalization of the Business Development Center to support local enterprises of women </li></ul><ul><li>Participation to Upi Agricultural Development Corporation </li></ul>
  19. 19. 04/05/11 our greatest challenge While all these programs, projects and initiatives are implemented towards the much needed development of our respective localities. Success still largely depend on the commitment, sincerity and the political will of the Local Chief Executive, Officialdom and leaders of the Local Government Unit
  20. 20. Thank You! FIYO BAGI! MEUYAG!!