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Published on: December 12, 2020

 

In recognition to its exemplary performance in Gender and Development (GAD) Mainstreaming this year, the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) was awarded 2nd place during the 2020 DOST GAD Mainstreaming Awards. This was conferred during the DOST Virtual Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by the DOST-National Academe for Science and Technology (NAST) on December 1, 2020.

The Philippine Commission on Women states that GAD Mainstreaming is a global strategy to ensure that government pursues gender equality in all aspects of the development process. This is to achieve the vision of a gender-responsive society where women and men equally contribute to and benefit from development. Among its goals is to enhance the relationship of men and women in their access to and control over resources, decision making, and benefits and rewards within a particular system.

In implementing the GAD Mainstreaming, an organization may progress through the following levels: Level 1: Foundation Formation; Level 2: Installation of Strategic Mechanisms; Level 3: GAD Application; Level 4: Commitment Enhancement and Institutionalization; and Level 5: Replication and Innovation.

The DOST-CAR has started its GAD Mainstreaming program in 2018. It is now on its Level 3 accreditation wherein GAD-related activities were already institutionalized in the agency. Part of its annual activities include the conduct of GAD awareness trainings and seminars for the staff, as well as to its clients and actively participating to GAD-Related activities within and outside the region. At present, it is now doubling its efforts towards achieving the next level of accreditation.