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LIPAD Pinay – Uplifting Women’s lives through effective GAD Governance

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LIPAD Pinay or Local Inclusiveness Project for the Advancement and Development of Filipino Women celebrates its second year anniversary this June 21, 2019. SPARK! Philippines in
partnership with SEAOIL Foundation and Quezon City Office of the Mayor Joy Belmonte have been working hand in hand with 8 local Barangays from Quezon City in improving their
Gender and Development (GAD) Governance towards women economic empowerment. As of date, the program has already engaged over 50 Barangay leaders and has provided additional
income for over 160 women micro-entrepreneurs.

Since its launch last 2017, engaged Barangay leaders from Greater Lagro, Sto Cristo, Culiat, Batasan Hills, Central, UP Campus, Quirino 3-A, and Sta Lucia have undergone several leadership trainings as well as coaching and mentoring sessions from GAD Experts. Using a localized Roadmap and Scorecard, they were guided on how to evaluate and improve their governance while at same time, aligning their GAD Plan and Budget to Livelihood Programs for women.

Simultaneously, women beneficiaries received seed grants for their communal micro-enterprise and underwent several skills trainings, educational visits, and mentoring sessions. The program has also opened new opportunities for the beneficiaries to convergence with National Government Agencies. Just this March, 2 Barangays received a total of 30 sewing machines from the Department of Trade and Industry under their Shared Service Facility Project.

“Barangay Local Government, Philippine’s most basic political unit, plays a huge role in empowering women economically. Once they have owned the issue and truly understood Gender and Development, they will be able to align their resources properly and create policies that would sustain a friendly environment for women micro-entrepreneurs.” Maica Teves, SPARK’s Executive Director said.

With the goal to create more empowered women and GAD Champions, the partner organizations are now working on a manual that would serve as a guide to GAD Governance in Development and help Local Chief Executives replicate the program in their respective LGUs.

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