December 2, 2018
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will strengthen the capacities of its gender and development (GAD) system and focal personnel in relation to technical vocational education and training (TVET).
This will be tackled during the three-day GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Assembly which will be held at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City from Dec. 4-6.
TESDA has been holding its Annual GFPS Assembly since 2013, with the activity supported by the Director General of the agency and the GAD Focal Point System-Executive Committee (GFPS-ExeCom), which aims to continously improve and strengthen the GFPS in the agency.
During the program proper, TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapena, will deliver the message while Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning and Chair of GFPS-Executive Committee, Rosanna A. Urdaneta, will give her welcome remarks.
The assembly aims to expand the capacities of the TESDA GFPS and GAD focals on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and new policies related to GAD planing and budgeting.
It also seeks to combine the drafts of the 2020 GAD Plan and formulate a budget based on the GAD Framework and the 5-year GAD Agenda of TESDA.
The expected outputs include strengthening the GAD competencies (gender analysis and GAD planning and budgeting) of TESDA GFPS and GAD focals; and, validating the results of the GMEF in the regional GFPS.
About 70 participants are expected to attend the 2018 GFPS, most of whom are from the TESDA Central Office and TESDA Regional Offices.
The annual GFPS Assembly conforms to the mandates required under the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) and Joint Circular No. 2012-01 of the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The activity is said to be one of the integral elements of the GAD planning and budgeting of TESDA.
Through the GFPS, the TESDA moves to implement more gender-fair technical vocational education and training, which can only be achieved through the immediate and effective mainstreaming of the agency's gender endeavors and initiatives.
TESDA’s GAD plans and budgets (GPB) in the Central Office and Regional Offices need to be intensified while targeting to achieve not only the outputs and the results of GAD but also to make relevant changes felt among clients, beneficiaries and the whole organization.
The TESDA-GFPS, through the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) as GAD secretariat, essentially proposed to hold the 2018 GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Assembly to achieve the "twin goal" of gender equality and women economic empowerment.
The main goal of GAD in TVET is focused on the formation of gender equality so that more and more women will be encouraged to participate in technical vocational education and training.