The Provincial Gender and Development Office of Quezon, led by Mrs. Ofelia Palayan, gave due recognition to the chosen municipalities and cities which participated in thesaid office’s Search for Outstanding City/Municipal Gender and Development Councils (C/MGADCs) in Quezon.
The awarding ceremony, held after the Provincial Government of Quezon’s Monday flag ceremony, took place this June 17 at the Quezon Convention Center.
The municipalities of Lopez and Quezon, Quezon received the title of Outstanding C/MGADC, and were followed by First Runners-up, Sampaloc and Tayabas City, Quezon; Second Runners-up, Mauban and Real, Quezon.
Special awards and citations focusing on specific topics were also given away, as well as plaques of appreciation. Chief among them was the Hall of Fame award given to the municipality of Macalelon.
The City of Tayabas was recognized as the Gender and Development (GAD) Champion on Health, and GAD Champion on Policies; Mauban, Quezon - GAD Champion in Facilities and GAD Champion on Women’s Economic Enterprise (WEE); Panukulan, Quezon - Best GAD Presenter and Plaque of Appreciation; Real, Quezon - Best Non-Government Organization, GAD Champion on WEE; Gumaca, Quezon - Most Functional People’s Organization, Plaque of Appreciation; Pagbilao, Quezon – Special Award for Best Advocate on Women’s Health, Plaque of Appreciation; Perez, Quezon – Plaque of Appreciation.
By recognizing the said winners, the province-wide search aims to inspire other cities and municipalities to follow suit and continue to fully implement programs and projects related to gender sensitivity and development.
The C/MGADC winners were chosen based on 5 criteria which measure the gender responsive governance of local governments – namely, Planning and Policy Formulation, Resources Utilization, Service Delivery, Institution Building and Community Participation.
Palayan thanked Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” Suarez and his wife Anna Villaraza-Suarez for their continued support regarding actions tackling gender and development issues, and strengthening Women’s Economic Empowerment – which is one of Governor Suarez’ priority programs- through capacity development and making livelihood assistance/trainings available to women throughout the province.(Quezon PIO)