Participants of the Training on GAD and GRBE Policy on 16-18 October 2018 are joined by the BEST team and Mr. Francis Perdon (seated, first from the left), Program Officer of the Australian Embassy, at Savoy Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

Members of the reconstituted DepEd-Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) underwent a three-day training on Gender and Development (GAD) and the Gender Responsive Basic Education (GRBE) Policy organized by BEST on 16-18 October 2018 in Pasay City.

The training increased their awareness on the basic GAD concepts, gender mainstreaming laws (international and national levels) and the various forms of discrimination experienced mostly by women.

“Australia is a key partner of the Philippines in advocating for gender equality. Under the BEST program, we are helping DepEd integrate and mainstream gender in policies and practice to make education more inclusive for Filipino boys and girls,” said Mr. Francis Perdon, Australian Embassy Program Officer for Education, who joined the participants at the conclusion of the three-day training.

DepEd recently re-established its Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) in compliance with the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) and the BEST-supported DepEd Order No. 32 s. 2017 or the GRBE Policy.

GFPS is an interacting and interdependent group of individuals in every government agency that works to catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming. TheĀ group will advocate for, guide, coordinate, and monitor the development, implementation, review and updating of their Gender and Development (GAD) plans and GAD-related programs, activities and projects (PAPs) across every agency.

The activity, which revisited previous DepEd and BEST joint initiatives on gender mainstreaming, assisted participants to work on their GAD Master Plan for the next two years.