The agency Gender and Development Program implementation is anchored with the Republic Act 9710 or Magna Carta of Women (MCW) that establishes the responsibility of the government to take actions in order to end discrimination against women.
The MCW mandated all government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units to adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy for implementing the law and attaining its objectives. It also mandates (a) planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation for gender and development, (b) the creation and/or strengthening of gender and development focal points, and (c) the generation and maintenance of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated databases to aid in planning, programming and policy formulation.
Specifically, the Department of Agriculture will address the following:
Section 20 of MCW which emphasizes that the State recognizes the contribution of women to food production and shall ensure its sustainability and sufficiency with the active participation of women. Towards this end, the State shall guarantee, at all times, the availability in the market of safe and health-giving food to satisfy the dietary needs of the population, giving particular attention to the specific needs of poor girl children and marginalized women, especially pregnant and lactating mothers and their young children. To further address this, the state shall ensure: (a) Right to Food. – The State shall guarantee the availability of food in quantity and quality sufficient to satisfy the dietary needs of individuals, the physical and economic accessibility for everyone to adequate food that is culturally acceptable and free from unsafe substances and culturally accepted, and the accurate and substantial information to the availability of food, including the right to full, accurate, and truthful information about safe and health-giving foods and how to produce and have regular easy access to them; (b) Right to Resources for Food Production. – The State shall guarantee women a vital role in food production by giving priority to their rights to land, credit, and infrastructure support, technical training, and technological and marketing assistance. The State shall promote women friendly technology as a high priority activity in agriculture and shall promote the right to adequate food by proactively engaging in activities intended to strengthen access to, utilization of, and receipt of accurate and substantial information on resources and means to ensure women’s livelihood, including food security.
Section 23, the Right of Livelihood, Credit Capital and Technology. The state shall ensure that women are provided with the following: (a) Equal access to formal sources of credit and capital; (b) Equal share to the produce of farms and aquatic resources; and (c) Employment opportunities for returning women migrant workers taking into account their skills and qualifications. The State shall also promote skills and entrepreneurship development of returning women migrant workers.
SEC. 24. Right to Education and Training. – The State shall ensure the following: (a) Women migrant workers have the opportunity to undergo skills training, if they so desire, before taking on a foreign job, and possible retraining upon return to the country; (b) Gender-sensitive training and seminars; and (c) Equal opportunities in scholarships based on merit and fitness especially to those interested in research and development aimed towards women-friendly farm technology.
SEC. 25. Right to Representation and Participation. – The State shall ensure women’s participation in policy-making or decision-making bodies in the regional, national, and international levels. It shall also ensure the participation of grassroots women leaders in decision and policy-making bodies in their respective sectors including, but not limited to, the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) and its local counterparts; community based resource management bodies or mechanisms on forest management and stewardship; the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (NFARMC) and its local counterparts; the National Commission on Indigenous People; the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor; the National Anti-Poverty Commission; and, where applicable, the local housing boards.
SEC. 26. Right to Information. – Access to information regarding policies on women, including programs, projects, and funding outlays that affect them, shall be ensured.
Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget
Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Accomplishment Report