NMP Conducts Seminar-Workshop on HGDG
Tacloban City – Thirty (30) employees of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) recently underwent a two-day seminar-workshop on the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG).
The workshop which was spearheaded by the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) through its GAD Technical Working Group (GAD-TWG) and GAD Secretariat, is part of NMP’s continuing GAD program to mainstream gender concerns as mandated under Republic Act No. 9710, or the Magna Carta of Women and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Circular No. 2012-01.
Mr. Henry A. Abawag, a former Protection Advisor of the Oxfam Novib, Drought Emergency Response in Somalialand/Somalia and a member of the GAD Resource Pool of GAD champions in Region VIII as endorsed by the PCW, was the main resource speaker.
In his message, Mr. Abawag emphasized the significance of determining the gender issue/s even during the conceptualization stage of the agency’s programs, projects and activities (PAPs) so that the cost of the PAP’s can be attributed to the GAD fund of the agency.
The seminar-workshop centered on what PAPs are qualified to be attributed to the GAD Fund and how to use the HGDG tool for the attribution to be valid. Participants were made to perform several activities as part of their hands-on application of the concepts discussed.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso, speaking in behalf of the Executive Committee of the GFPS, expressed her appreciation of the seminar-workshop and the learnings imparted. She likewise issued a challenge to the participants to ensure that all incoming PAPs pass the HGDG test.
The seminar-workshop was held from October 6-7, 2017 at School Building No. 3, NMP Training Building, Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
Meanwhile, the NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended in 2010. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.
Those interested to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP website www.nmp.gov.ph and its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.