The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently undertook the Program Evaluation of the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) Sub-Study on Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF. Ms. Anna Viggh, Senior Evaluation Officer, and Ms. Ghada Jiha, Gender Expert, composed the GEF Evaluation Team.
On January 18, 2017, the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) held a meeting with the GEF and with implementing agencies, project managers, and implementers of five pre-determined projects identified for evaluation. Philippine-GEF Operational Focal Point (OFP) and DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-The presided over the discussion. Consequently, the following projects were evaluated on-site between January 19 and January 30, 2017.
- Improve the Health and Environment of Artisanal Gold Mining Communities in the Philippines by Reducing Mercury Emissions Project (San Jose Panganiban, Labo and Paracale, Camarines Norte);
- Scaling-up Risk Transfer Mechanisms for Climate Vulnerable Agriculture-based Communities in Mindanao Project (Davao City and Tagum City, Davao del Norte);
- Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (Tuguegarao City and Penablanca, Cagayan);
- Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (Sabangan, Mt. Province);
- Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (Quezon City and Pasig City).
In both the SCCF Program and Gender Mainstreaming, all of these projects were assessed and evaluated based on established criteria of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, and sustainability of significant results.
The Evaluation Team found, among others, that communities involved in all GEF projects became more aware of climate change impacts on their land and water resources, agriculture, health, and infrastructure development. They had an increase in knowledge on preventing climate change-related disasters such as droughts and floods, and the importance of acquiring catastrophe risk insurance.
Relative to the study on gender mainstreaming, the team reported that women were primarily responsible for the management of the household but more importantly, actively participated in Farmers Field Schools (FFS) and decision-making processes of the community. Men usually spent their time working on their farms. (FASPS/ Elma M. Eleria; Jekk Mickale H. Paderes)