The Philippine Commission on Women defined Gender and Development (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.
In order to strengthen efforts in mainstreaming gender and development concerns in all DOLE programs, projects, and activities as provided for in Republic Act No. 9710 (Magna Carta of Women), the DOLE GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) was reconstituted in 2017, with the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment as member of the GFP Technical Working Group.
While members of the GFP Technical Working Group shall facilitate the gender mainstreaming efforts of DOLE through GAD planning, budgeting, and implementation process, the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment shall facilitate and ensure inclusion of gender perspective in support to policy development and improvement in employment facilitation and labor market information monitoring and interventions.
Moreover, the Bureau shall continue to raise the awareness of its employees on gender-related issues and develop GAD and Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (Anti-VAWC) initiatives pursuant to the Magna Carta of Women and Republic Act No. 9262, mandating the Inter-Agency Council on VAWC to formulate programs and projects to eliminate VAW. Various activities will also be developed to promote economic empowerment and work-life balance in the workplace.