General Appropriations Act (GAA) On Programs/Projects Related to Gender and Development (GAD)

Sec. 27. Programs/Projects Related to Gender and Development (GAD). In consultation with the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), all departments including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, agencies, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations and other instrumentalities, shall formulate a GAD Plan, designed to empower women and address gender issues, in accordance with R.A. 7192 and the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD), 1995-2025. The cost of implementation of the GAD Plan shall be at least five percent (5%) of the agency’s total FY 2000 budget appropriations.

All concerned government entities shall submit their GAD plan to the NCRFW for review. They shall likewise submit annual reports to Congress, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and NCRFW, indicating the accomplishments and amounts utilized to implement programs/projects/activities addressing gender issues and women empowerment. The evaluation of agencies’ utilization of the GAD budget shall be performance-based.

In addition to Joint Circular 99-4 issued by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the DBM and NCRFW, additional sets of guidelines, as deemed necessary, shall be formulated, for the implementation of GAD-related programs/projects/activities.

Adapted from the General Appropriations Act, FY 2000

Non-Acceptable Programs/Projects/Activities (PPAs) Commonly Proposed for Funding Under the Gender and Development Budget

  1. Foreign-assisted GAD PPAs.
  2. Conduct of meetings/workshops/consultations, topics of which are not related to women/gender concerns.
  3. Personal Services (PS of women employees within the agency and incentives which include clothing allowance, PERA, hazard pay, subsistence allowance, bonus and other incentives) unless strongly justified as gender related, e.g. hiring of police women officers to handle the newly created women’s desks in PNP stations.
  4. Provision for contingency funds or “other services” of PPAs not related to gender.
  5. Car-pooling, safe/mineral water, gas masks for traffic/environment enforcers, etc.
  6. Calisthenics, Ballroom Dancing, Sports fest, Summer Tennis Clinic, etc. including purchase of equipment/sports gadget and publication and dissemination of physical, mental and health fitness information campaign/materials.
  7. Conduct of social, rest and recreation activities such as team building, acquaintance and Christmas party, organization of chorale group, social graces seminar, night shows, fun day, youth leaders interaction, return reception of peer counseling group, ballroom dancing, etc.
  8. Conduct of religious-related activities and implementation of cultural projects.
  9. Skills training/entrepreneurial/livelihood projects/programs for women within the agency (e.g. tocino-making, cross stitch contest, etc). Proposed PPAs should be within the mandate of the agency.
  10. Purchase of supplies/materials/equipment and vehicles for general use of the agency. Repair/maintenance of overpass, waiting sheds, fly-overs, etc.
  11. Construction expenses not related to women/gender concerns, which may include establishment of telephone directory assistance corner, multi-purpose hall, first-aid corner, community libraries and reading centers.

Adapted from materials provided by NCRFW