The Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710) defines Gender and Development Program (GAD) as the development perspective and process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials. It seeks to achieve gender equality as a fundamental value that should be reflected in development choices and contends that women are active agents of development, not just passive recipients of development.

GAD focuses on Gender Mainstreaming or a strategy for:
  • Making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies, programs and projects in all social, political, civil, and economic spheres so that women and men benefit equally; and
  • Assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programs in all areas and at all levels.

    The implementation of GAD in government agencies, including GOCCs, finds basis in various laws and Presidential issuances.

(1) Republic Act No. 9262 -  Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004
  • Seeks to address the prevalence of violence against women and their children (VAWC) by their intimate partners like: Husband or ex-husband, live-in partner or former live-in partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend, and dating partner of former dating partner.
  • Classifies VAWC as a public crime
(2) Republic Act No. 9710 - Magna Carta of Women of 2009
  • Comprehensive women's human rights laws that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women  by recognizing, respecting, protecting, fulfilling, and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.
(3) Republic Act No. 11313 - Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law)
  • The law covers all forms of gender-based sexual harrassment (GBSH) committed in public spaces, educational or training institutions, workplaces, as well as online.
(4) Republic Act No. 11210 - 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law
  • The law provides the updated policy on maternity leave that cover females who are workers in the private and public sectors, workers in the informal economy, voluntary contributors to the Social Security System (SSS), and national athletes. It likewise grants a woman the option to allocate up to seven days of paid maternity leave to her child's father or an alternate care giver.
Special Order No. 175 Series of 2022 - Reconstitution of the PCAF Gender and Development Focal Point System

(A) Executive Committee:
               Chairperson:              Floreliz P. Avellana (floreliz.avellana@pcaf.da.gov.ph)
               Vice Chairperson:       Conchita S. Del Rosario (conchita.delrosario@pcaf.da.gov.ph)
               Coordinator:              Alvin D. Racho (alvin.racho@pcaf.da.gov.ph)
               Vice Coordinator:       Merlyn R. Galdonez (merlyn.galdonez@pcaf.da.gov.ph)
               Members:                  Jahensi E. Supanga (jahensi.supanga@pcaf.da.gov.ph)
                                              Jeanne Marjorie D. Oliveros

(B) Technical Working Group/Secretariat:
               Technical Secretariat Head:    Joane Carla C. Auditor
               Members:                            Charmine Joy T. Esta
                                                          Reynaldo V. Villanueva, Jr.
                                                         Mary Ann M. De Leon
                                                         Irish Camela S. Valderrama
                                                         Carolyn O. Tabangcura
                                                         Zoraida F. De Guzman