THE NAPC GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (GAD) UNIT CONDUCTED GENDER SENSITIVITY AND GAD TRAINING FOR THE FISHERFOLK COMMUNITIES IN UBAY, BOHOL

 


It is recognized that true and meaningful development will not be attained unless gender concerns are integrated in the development process. As part of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Convergence Platform Organized (CPO) and the agency’s commitment to increase the awareness and appreciation of Gender and Development (GAD) issues and concerns within the communities, and to conduct gender sensitization and promote integration of the basic principles of GAD in handling community matters, the NAPC GAD Unit, headed by the NAPC GAD Chairperson Undersecretary Paterna M. Ruiz, conducted Gender Sensitivity and GAD Training for the Fisherfolk Communities in Ubay, Province of Bohol.

The activity commenced with a welcome message from the Ubay Municipal Mayor, Hon. Constantino Reyes, followed by opening messages from Undersecretary Paterna M. Ruiz and Director Ferdinand Hombrebueno of NAPC Policy and Planning Service. This is proceeded by a brief discussion of Mr. Hercules Reyes, Coordinator and Environmental Specialist of the Ubay Coastal Resource Management Office, on the programs, projects, and interventions for the fisherfolk communities of Ubay, Bohol.

The trainings equipped the participants on the basic concepts of sex and gender and allowed for an interactive discussion of gender roles and the social institutions that shape these roles. The participants also had a workshop on GAD and was able to present their outputs in the plenary. The imperatives, mechanisms, and processes of gender-mainstreaming are also discussed, while taking into consideration the context of gender in fisheries. The training emphasized the significant role of GAD and gender-mainstreaming in envisioning and actually creating a gender-fair society.