Toward a Gender-Responsive Philippine Army
2007 – The Philippine Army first incorporated the Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy in the organization.
2009 – The Gender and Development Section was created under the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel OG1, PA
2011 – Philippine Army Gender and Development Focal Point System (PAGFPS) was formed.
2012 – GAD officers were designated and trained by each Philippine Army Major Unit and Office.
2014 – The Office of the Army Gender and Development (OAGAD) was established.
Present – The integration of GAD perspective in institutional policies and programs of the Philippine Army is ongoing through the conduct of personnel training and various GAD seminars.
SOME PA GAD SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE
- Sustainability of support for the PA-Wide Reproductive Health Program in support to the national government’s agenda on comprehensive, culture sensitive and gender responsive health services and, most of all, to protect PA personnel from acquiring reproductive diseases thereby maintaining combat effectiveness and readiness of troops.
- Establishment of Day Care Centers for children of PA personnel to nurture their children while they are rendering duty.
- Giving assistance to victim of sexual harassment and other gender-based violence cases.
- GAD Awareness and Orientation Seminar conducted in the past created an impression to the participants that gender sensitivity is vital in upholding human rights which is one of the primary concerns of the philippine Army.
- The conduct of Capability Building and Awareness Programs such as Gender Sensitivity Training cum Gender Responsive Planning (GST-GRP), Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting, Orientation on the Operationalization of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and the Training of GAD Trainers to GAD and Planning and Budget Officers of PAMUs/Os paved the way for cascading and mainstreaming gender in the different PAMUs/Os which is a significant step towards achieving a gender-responsive Army.
- Participation in government-sanctioned activities like the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Woman (VAW), National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAW and Women’s Month, for purposes of identifying gender issues.
These milestones and accomplishments prove that the people compromising the Philippine Army are supportive at mainstreaming gender and that the organization is actually doing its part of becoming gender-sensitive and gender-responsive.