It was a proud moment for the PFDA when, out of 700 government agencies, the Authority was included in the 50 agencies whose 2016 GAD Accomplishment Reports and 2018 GAD Plans and Budgets were endorsed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) last August 8, 2017. This inspired the GAD Champions from the PFDA Central Office and Regional Ports to aim higher during the PFDA GAD Planning & Budgeting Workshop and Capacity Building on Gender Analysis Tools conducted at DAP Conference Center, Tagaytay City, on December 4-8, 2017.

     One of the highlights during the workshop was the briefing by a representative from the Corporate Planning and Management Information Services Department (CPMISD) on what to expect and how to achieve a holistic approach in budgeting for CY 2019. Regional Ports' GAD activities will now be manageable due to the inclusion of all ports in PCW’s year-in, year-out activities adopted by the PFDA, whether in partnership with the DA and/or their respective LGUs. 
Engr. Gil Orallo of DPWH (center) reviews the output of Group 3 on the application of gender analysis tools during the workshop.

     The capacity building on the other hand enlightened the participants on how PFDA Post-Harvest Facilities could be evaluated using the GAD Tool Kit developed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) for Project Development, Implementation and Evaluation as guiding framework. The GAD Tool Kit will help facilitate gender responsiveness in developing and implementing infrastructure projects from planning, design, construction, and up to maintenance of the facilities. With the assistance of Engr. Virgilio H. Orallo, the resource speaker from the DPWH, the GAD champions and engineers were “genderized.” Aside from the lectures given by the speaker, hands-on assessment was made within the DAP vicinity and roadways. Further, Engr. Orallo advised the participants to propose infrastructure projects in the PFDA GAD Plans and Budget, which cost can be attributed as GAD expense using the GAD Tool Kit, now that they already know how to apply the guidelines.

     As a result of this workshop and training, gender mainstreaming or integration of GAD activities in all PFDA units shall be part of everyone’s daily tasks. Hence, the attainment of a bigger portion of PFDA Budget as GAD expenses, direct or attributed cost, is expected to be more manageable for the PFDA.
Training participants conduct road assessment based on the checklist for road construction included in the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines(HGDG) .