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Guidelines for the creation, strengthening, and institutionalization of the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System



To provide guidelines and procedures for the establishment, strengthening, and institutionalization of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) in constitutional bodies, government departments, agencies, bureaus, SUCs, GOCCs and all other government instrumentalities; and

To clarify the roles and responsibilities, composition and structure of the GFPS to enable it to function as a mechanism for catalyzing and accelerating gender mainstreaming in the agency towards the promotion of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

How GAD Came About: Some Notes
Know Your GAD Acronyms

Beijing Platform for Action

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Gender and Development

GAD Accomplishment Report

GAD Focal Point System

GAD Plan and Budget

Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines

Magna Carta of Women

Philippine Commission on Women

Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development

Women's Economic Empowerment and Development toward Gender Equality


Pursuant to Section 36 of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), all government departments, including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, state universities and colleges, government –owned and –controlled corporations, local government units and all other government instrumentalities shall adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy to promote women’s human rights and eliminate gender discrimination in their systems, structures, policies, programs , processes, and procedures;

Section 37-C of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the MCW provides that all concerned government agencies and instrumentalities mentioned above shall establish or strengthen their GFPS or a similar GAD mechanism to catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming within the agency... READ FULL TEXT OF MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2011-01 dated 21 October 2011 addressed to All Government Departments, including their Attached Agencies, Offices, Bureaus, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), and All Other Government Instrumentalities.






  • PCW/NEDA/DBM JOINT CIRCULAR NO. 2012-01: Guidelines for the Preparation of Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets and Accomplishment Reports to Implement the Magna Carta for Women READ
  • COA Circular No. 2014-001 dated 18 March 2014: Revised Guidelines on the audit of Gender and Development (GAD) funds and activities in government agencies READ
  • PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2014-04: Preparation and Online Submission of FY 2016 Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets READ
  • PCW MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2015-03 dated 19 May 2015: Guidelines on the Review and Endorsement of Water District Annual Gender and Development Plans and Budgets READ
  • PCW MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2016-05 dated 30 September 2016: Preparation and Online Submission of FY 2O18 Gender and Development (GAD) Plans and Budgets and FY 2016 GAD Accomplishment Reports and Other Matters READ
  • PCW MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2016-06 dated 10 October 2016: Extension of the Moratorium on the PCW Review and Endorsement of Local Water District Annual Gender and Development Plans and Budgets READ
Related laws
  • RA 8425 : An Act institutionalizing the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Program
  • RA 8505 : An Act providing Assistance and Protection for Rape Victims
  • RA 8504 : An Act Promulgating Policies and Prescribing Measures for the Prevention and control of HIV/AIDS
  • RA 6728 : Provision for Assistance to Students and Teachers
  • RA 9262 ; Anti Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004
  • RA 7877 : Anti Sexual Harassment Act of 1995
  • RA 8353 : Anti-Rape Law of 1997 ... READ
  • RA 9208 : Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 ... READ
  • RA 10354 : The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 ... READ
  • RA 9710 : The Magna Carta of Women ... READ
  • EO 273 : Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development, 1995-2025 (8Sept1995) ... READ
  • RA 7192 : Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 2009 ... READ

The LWUA Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS)

Office Principal Designation Alternate
OAD Atty. Elena R. Te Chairperson  
OSDA Marites C. Talavera   Eileen I. Dela Vega
AO Jocelyn P. Guce   Edgardo M. Lacerna
IFS Esperanza H. Buenafe   Ma. Sylvia L. Senatin
AS Ma. Lourdes M. Enriquez Vice-Chairperson Antonio B. Ramirez
LEAP Amelita C. Fidel Secretary Mercedes F. Taquiao


Technical Working Group
Office Name
OAD Maria Victoria V. Nguho

Ma. Lourdes Canlas

Emougene C. Ocampo

AO Belinda M. Javier
IFS Ma. Antonia T. Limpin
AS Aproniano M. Medina, Jr.





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