Quezon City – The Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO) conducted gender mainstreaming in INREMP activities and Training on the Application of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) for Project Development, Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation at the INREMP Conference Room on December 20 to 21, 2017.

The conduct of a gender-sensitization training as part of project orientation for all levels of staff, consultants, contractors, and facilitators is a requirement indicated in INREMP’s Project Administration Manual (PAM). This is to ensure that the gender mainstreaming considerations are incorporated during the planning of strategies and activities in support of the attainment of project objectives.

The training conducted specifically aimed to orient the INREMP-NPCO project staff on the different policies and considerations in gender mainstreaming for project implementation and management in watershed areas; to identify the capacity building needs on gender mainstreaming for DENR field staff and partner Peoples Organization (PO) / Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPO); and to identify other areas of concerns that need gender mainstreaming in the formulation of watershed plans and community management plan.

The two-day activity, which was facilitated by Mr. Ariel Erasga, Social Development Specialist, served as a venue for the discussion of national policies on gender mainstreaming and the HGDG. These policies and guidelines were presented to show where the Gender Action Plan (GAP) of INREMP fits, and to ensure the attainment of expected milestones stated in the Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF) of INREMP.

Highlighted during the training was the need for INREMP development efforts to integrate gender issues to improve the Project’s outcomes and strategies by ensuring that both men and women in the community within the area participate and benefit rather than become obstacles to the watershed management project. (INREMP/ Ma. Theresa Corazon Ladrera)


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