CMEMP and the HGDG
Last December 8-11, 2021, the Coastal and Marine Division (CMD) of the DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau conducted a workshop to determine the level of Gender Responsiveness of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) through Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG). This guidelines developed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is a tool used to ensure that the programs and projects undertaken by the government in their various activities are gender sensitive and responsive. It also served as a basis in preparing the GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) and in identifying strategies to address gender gaps and issues.
Members of the Bureau’s GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) and staff from CMD assessed CMEMP’s performance through HGDG Boxes 9, 16, and 17 which specifically measures the Program’s design, goals, outcomes, and outputs consonance to a long list of indicators. According to the final score for box 16 and 17 which is 16.08, CMEMP is categorized as a Gender Responsive program while 9.99 points for box 9, Gender Responsive. This means that the program puts focus on implementing and continuously improving its activities in consideration of all gender perspectives.
While many of the program’s gender transformative actions are developed underway, the Bureau, through its CMD, continues to uphold inclusivity throughout the implementation of the Program. As the world still tries to further unveil the infinite facets of human sexuality, the participation of every individual sitting along the gender-spectrum remains the foundation of CMEMP’s gender and development endeavor.