The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) defines Gender and Development (GAD) as the development perspective and process that is promoting and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials. 

The purpose of GAD is to ensure that both men and women can participate in and benefit from development in a way that is equitable.  Because of widespread disparities, it is a process comprising both short-term and long-term objectives – “practical and strategic needs” (Molyneux from Moser, 1993). 

Gender equality in simple words is a belief that both men and women should receive equal treatment.  People should not be discriminated against because of their gender. 

From January 1 to November 30, 2021, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Region IV-A CALABARZON organized with LGU partners in the cities of Bacoor and the Municipality of Indang three (3) online Gender and Development (GAD) – Kalalakihang Tapat sa Reponsibilidad at Obligasyon para sa Pamilya (KATROPA) orientations for one hundred eighty-seven (187) males in the region.  Likewise, in the same period, POPCOM IV-A conducted face-to-face GAD – KATROPA orientations for three hundred (300) males in the cities of Cabuyao, General Trias and Imus, as well as in the municipalities of Rodriguez, Noveleta, Pililla, Taytay, and Tanay, and lastly, for the province of Rizal.

POPCOM IV-A also recognizes the needs of the special population groups (SPGs) in the region.  The different SPGs are the:  (1)  Indigenous Peoples (IPs);  (2) Senior Citizens  (SCs);  (3) People with Disabilities (PWDs);  (4)  Drug Surrenderees;  (5) People in Difficult Situation (PDS);  and,  (6)  Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL).  POPCOM IV-A conducted GAD – KATROPA orientations to one hundred fifty-four (154) male persons deprived of liberty.

Today, the term “inmates” is no longer being used.  Instead, “persons deprived of liberty” (PDL) is for those who are still awaiting judgment or undergoing trial.  Prisoners are those who have already been convicted by the courts.

The PDLs shall enjoy the same rights recognized to every other person by domestic law and international human rights law, except for those rights which exercise is temporarily limited or restricted by law and for reasons inherent to their condition as persons deprived of liberty.

Out of the 300 males oriented, one hundred fifty-four (154) of them were persons deprived of liberty from Cabuyao City and the Municipalities of Tanay, Pililla, and, Taytay.  

Lastly, in September of this year, POPCOM IV-A successfully organized and conducted two (2) batches of Gender Sensitivity orientations for its Civil Society Organization (CSO) partner FriendlyCare Foundation, Inc.  The first (1st) batch was for twenty-five (25) medical and administrative staff as well as for field workers.  While the second (2nd) batch was for thirty (30) officials with leadership positions like managers and directors.