Responsibility

The Office of the Army Gender and Development (OAGAD) is a special staff of the Commanding General, Philippine Army on all matters pertaining to Gender and Development (GAD).

Functions

  •  Acts as the primary policy-making and coordinating body on gender equality concerns in the PA;
  • Conducts assessment of gender-responsiveness of systems, structures, policies, programs and procedures of the Army based on the priority needs and concerns of military and civilian personnel;
  • Develops, recommends and monitors gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive policies, plans, programs, systems and mechanisms aligned with the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) and PA’s thrusts and programs;
  • Facilitates advocacy activities and other capacity-building programs on gender and development;
  • Leads the preparation and submission of Annual PA GAD Plan and Budget and Accomplishment Report;
  • Monitors and reports the status of gender mainstreaming efforts and other performance/accomplishment reports vis-à-vis GAD PAPs and budgets.

It is known as “the child birth” of the global movement for woman’s advancement; and the universal thrust to attain development. It seeks to narrow and, ultimately, to erase gender gap and attain gender equality. It is also a perspective and an approach / process. GAD as a development perspective recognizes the unequal status and situation of women and men in society. Such inequalities has been perpetuated and even institutionalized by cultural, social economic and political norms, systems and stuctures. As a process, it seeks to equalize the status and condition between women and men by influencing the processes and outputs of policymaking, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring and evaluation so that they would deliberately address the gender issues and concerns affecting the full and equal development of woman and men.