The National Anti-Poverty Commission-Gender and Development (NAPC-GAD) Unit held its 3rd Committee Meeting and Workshop from July 28-29, 2022 at Red Hotel Cubao, Quezon City to gather inputs from GAD Focal Point System members from all NAPC service units as part of the assessment on the implementation of Republic Act No.9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).

The activity commenced with an insightful message from NAPC OIC/Undersecretary and GAD Chairperson Paterna Ruiz and followed by Ms. Catherine Manangan, Senior Technical Officer GAD-TWG for the presentation of the MCW Data Collection Tool from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

During the workshop, the participants shared their significant inputs on the following areas:

  • NAPC-implemented programs, policies and results that increased the access of the marginalized women to productive resources and helped them attain a decent livelihood;
  • NAPC’s initiatives to mainstream poverty reduction programs and services and disaster risk reduction and management in the development plans of Local Government Units (LGUs) across the country;
  • NAPC-developed good practices and challenges encountered in implementing MCW;
  • Recommendations on the provisions of MCW;
  • Other NAPC-issued policies that would push the effective implementation of the MCW; as well as
  • NAPC’s interventions to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 on the poor and the 14 basic sectors

The next day, a write shop was conducted to thoroughly discuss and finalize the consolidated inputs based on Section 26: Right to livelihood, credit, capital and technology; Section 28: Right to representation and participation; and Section 30: Social protection of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of MCW.

The final inputs of the Commission were forwarded to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to be incorporated into their MCW implementation assessment report, which according to MCW, shall be submitted to the Congress every three years.