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.
“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.