GAD Secretariat receives commendation: (from left) Precious Mae C. Gabato, Jungie A. Diamsay, Ma. Leilani M. Otic (Audit Team Leader), and Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero (GFPS TWG-Focal Person).

The Commission on Audit (COA) commended DA-PhilRice for its 39% appropriation to Gender and Development (GAD) for fiscal year 2021, which was far over the 5% budget requirement as mandated by law.

In its audit observation report, COA saluted the Institute “for supporting the objective of GAD” and further recommended that the Executive Director through the GAD focal person continually adhere to the related laws, rules, and regulations concerning GAD planning, budgeting, and implementation.

Executive Director and GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Chair, Dr. John C. de Leon, expressed his gratitude to the entire GAD team for the job well done.   

GAD mainstreaming in the institute meanwhile continued with some 38 project leaders and GFPS members from various offices and branches graduated on June 10 from the first asynchronous Gender Analysis Training. They are expected to use gender analysis tools in identifying gender gaps and issues in their respective programs, projects, and activities, and in designing strategies in addressing them. An in-house training module tailored-fit to agriculture and rice farming was crafted for this training to effectively mainstream GAD and to help attain a more inclusive development in the rice sector.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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