COTABATO CITY (November 14, 2023) – Employees of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) assessed and evaluated its Gender and Development Programs, Projects, and Activities (GAD PPAs) using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) assessment tool, on Monday, November 13, at the Alnor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City.
Lyndon Enriques, the GAD Specialist designate of the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC), led the workshop, focusing on the HGDG tool. The discussion aimed to determine the level of gender responsiveness within the Commission’s various projects and programs.
During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to assess the Commission’s PPAs, evaluating their responsiveness to gender issues and ensuring proper implementation in line with Gender and Development principles.
Participants used the HGDG, a tool which ensures that programs and projects undertaken by the government in their various stages are gender-responsive.
Participants were also encouraged to evaluate concept notes based on the HGDG. This process aimed to ensure that gender considerations were thoroughly integrated into the planning and development stages of BYC’s programs and projects.
BYC Youth Development Officer Settie Ivy Ampatuan emphasized the significance of using these tools in assessing the Commission’s GAD PAPs.
“I believe this is equally significant—how to assess the GAD PPAs of BYC using HGDG tools. I encourage everyone to do this to comply with the law and, at the same time, provide more extensive services,” Ampatuan said.
The workshop was attended by BYC employees, including those from technical services division and the administrative and finance division.
As the primary policymaking and coordinating body of the Bangsamoro Government, BYC remains steadfast in its commitment to pursuing a gender-sensitive, gender-responsive, and inclusive community. (PR Unit/SAMN).