GAD projects in Torrijios, Marinduque not responsive
The gender and development (GAD) projects in Torrijos municipality of Marinduque were found to be unclear in addressing gender and development concerns, state auditors said.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that a review of the municipality’s GAD Accomplishment Report revealed that various programs or activities could not be considered as GAD activities because the gender issues being addressed were unclear or irrelevant to women.
These projects include – Provision of sanitary toilet facilities to identified beneficiaries; Financial assistance to indigent families; Relief assistance given to indigent families; Practical skills training such as Food Processing’ loom weaving and bag-making; Assistance to Day Care Workers; Tax Information and education campaign; Maintenance and improvement of market and slaughterhouse, among others.
Auditors also found out that the GAD Plan and Budget amounting to P3,577,119.00 was not supported with a Certificate of Approval by the Department of Interior and Local Government as required by the joint memorandum circular – an indication that the plamn was not submitted for review and approval.
“Hence, the programs and activities included in the plan did not guarantee the gender-responsiveness of their content, like their relevance to the identified gender issues,” the auditors said.
The COA urged the municipal mayor Gil Briones to ensure that the Annual GAD Plan and Budget was approved by the DILG before incorporating to the Annual Budget, so that the programs that will be implemented would promote gender mainstreaming, gender issues, and gender equality.
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