Gender Responsive Programs through the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) and Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG)

As part of the Women's Month Celebration, the event discussed the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HDGD) and the integration of the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) into the program. The goal of GMEF is to support the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) members in identifying areas where they may improve to mainstream the Gender and Development (GAD) perspective inside their respective organizations.

The Harmonized Gender and Developmental Guidelines (HGDG), a set of analytical concepts and procedures, were developed to include gender-sensitive concerns in development initiatives and programs. In addition to assessing or reassessing gender development challenges, it ensures that projects and programs represent gender equality and women's empowerment. It is necessary to carry out GMEF and examine the HGDG principles to achieve gender-responsive goals. Through the orientation, the participants reached the attained outcomes, which included being able to perceive and comprehend the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) concept and subjecting the GIA guidelines to the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG).


𝘿𝙐𝙇𝘾𝙃𝙀 𝘾𝙃𝙊𝘾𝙊𝙇𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙎: 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙖𝙜𝙪𝙞𝙤-𝘽𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙪𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝘾𝙖𝙘𝙖𝙤 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨
𝐌𝐬. 𝐄𝐯𝐚 𝐑𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐃. 𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚 is the owner of Baguio-Benguet’s 𝐃𝐮𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬, established in 2017 as a bean to bar chocolate producer. She started to work with cacao growers after seeing the need to develop the cacao industry in the province, even from the propagation stage. She, with the support of different agencies, initiated the creation of Cacao Growers and Processors of Baguio- Benguet Federation in 2021.
With Ms. Ritchelle’s leadership as the chairperson, the said federation helps enrich the knowledge and skills of cacao growers on cacao maintenance and cacao processing. As a woman entrepreneur, she continuously reaches out to more women and men to plant cacao as an additional source of income. She is one of Baguio-Benguet’s Cacao Champions.
𝐃𝐮𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 is a recipient of the 𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓- 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧-𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠-𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧: 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞 (𝐖𝐇𝐖𝐈𝐒𝐄) with a project on research and development of Standardization of Ways in Enhancing and Establishing Techniques in Processing Highland Cacao (Project SWEET-PHC). It was approved in 2022 for this year’s implementation.
Through the project, it aims to enhance 𝐃𝐮𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 processing and standardize the complete process, from planting of cacao to the procedure of tablea and chocolate making for the production of healthy and high quality chocolates out of locally-produced cacao. This innovative, commerciable, and adoptable process will be shared among women- partners growing and processing cacao of Benguet -Baguio and Region CAR as a whole. #WomensMonth2023 | #WEcanbeEquALL DAD
𝐖𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐍 𝐄𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐖𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐍: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫
“Seeing my fellows who continue to work also inspires me to continue,” said Ms. Myrtha Baliga, President of Ambassador Solo Parents Organization, one of DOST’s recipients in the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program in Tublay, Benguet.
ASPO was established in 2014 through the assistance of the Local Government Unit of Tublay. Its creation aims to encourage and empower solo parents to stand up and lead their families to become successful and contribute to the betterment of the society. It caters to solo parents with children below 18 years old. At present, it is composed of about 56 women and six (6) men.
Most of the members depend on farming or on daily on-call work offered in the community. In order to have other source of income, ASPO started a business on peanut butter production in 2017 with a minimal amount as starting and revolving capital. Ms. Baliga also offered a separate span of their abode as their processing area.
The processors are women who tirelessly travel for about an hour from Tublay to the City of Baguio to buy peanuts, process it in their production area and return it to the city for grinding.
To improve their production process, ensure product safety and improve product quality, DOST-CAR thru PSTO-Benguet assisted ASPO through the provision of peanut processing equipment in 2018.
Additional technical assistance to include product laboratory analyses, label design and printing were provided the following year.
Meanwhile, other government agencies such as the Municipal and Provincial Government and the Department of Trade and Industry also helped the organization through capacity building trainings and market linkaging.
At present, the project provides direct and indirect employment to about 16 women while other members also share from the income from the project.
“I am a single mother. I have two children, a high schooler and a grade two student. I’m thankful that the income in the peanut butter processing helps us in our daily needs. It is one of our sources of living aside from farming”, said Ms. Georgina Pumahing, ASPO member.
Ms. Baliga leads ASPO for about seven years now. “Leading others and sustaining the project need sacrifice. Knowing that there are families that benefit from the project drives us to continue. When someone is still there to show effort, it is where I, and we- draw strength not to give up,”she added.

𝐓𝐇𝐄 “𝐋” 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐉𝐋𝐌 𝐅𝐀𝐑𝐌

When I first came to know the JLM Farms because of DOST SETUP, I thought “JLM” was derived from the initials of the proprietor, Johnny Marcos with L as his middle initial. I was wrong. “L” stands for the name, Lolita, Sir Johnny’s wife... his strong partner not only in his family but also in his enterprise. Ma’am Lolita plays a great role behind the success of JLM Farm. While Sir Johnny handles the general management of the farm, Ma’am Lolita supervises the farm’s production processes as a hands-on manager. She works together with the workers, always present to guide them on the numerous processes that need to be done. Ma’am Lolita exemplifies a women leader who shows strength in taking care not only of her family but also in the business. “Women can work too. We do not depend only on our husbands. We can help and complement them. We need to help each other,” said Ma’am Lolita.//cgd


JLM Farm was established in 1988 by Mr. Johnny Marcos. It is located at Palegao, Am-am, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet.

In 2015, JLM Farms sought the DOST’s assistance to upgrade its manual watering system to Drip Irrigation System. It continued to automated system in 2018 through SETUP-Phase Two.

With the exemplary farm processes and management - in the adoption of technology, human resources management, implementation of farming practices, and corporate social responsibility, the JLM Farm was recognized as the Best SETUP Adoptor National Awardee in 2022 as well as the winner of the Most Sustainable Award. The recognition was awarded in November 2022 during the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.




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