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Gender and Development (GAD) Bureau of Labor Relations
In line with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Eight (8) Point Labor and Employment Agenda, the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) shall endeavor to address the following gender issues that the PCW has identified for the department:
- Limited participation of women in decision making in the formal sector.
- Limited understanding of planners, program managers and program implementers on the needs and concerns of program beneficiaries and of the factors that may hamper their participation on the DOLE programs/Creation and or strengthening of GAD Focal Points, Section 36b, RA 9710, Magna Carta of Women.
- Limited involvement of DOLE personnel in the advocacy and policy development efforts to address current gender issues of the country and different parts of the world.
- Weak articulation and linkage of gender issues to labor and employment agenda/Creation and/or Strengthening of GAD Focal points.
The Bureau shall specifically seeks to attain the following GAD objectives:
- To harmonize gender and development in social dialogue as a means of enhancing participation of women in decision making processes with an end view of promoting harmonious labor relations in the workplace.
- To encourage full involvement of BLR personnel in formulating GAD plans and activities in harmony with its mandate and in creating gender perspectives in the implementation of BLR program.
- To keep abreast with gender related laws, the statutory rights of workers in the private and public sectors so as to effectively promote the respect for labor standards and rights at work and to deter discrimination of women.
- To raise the awareness level of BLR employees on gender-related issues and to develop Anti-VAWC initiatives pursuant to R.A. 9262, mandating the Inter-Agency Council on VAWC to formulate programs and projects to eliminate VAW.
- To develop activities that would endeavor to promote economic empowerment and work life balance in the workplace.
GAD Mandates/Gender-related Laws
- Executive Order (E.O.) No.273 Approving and Adopting the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD 1995-2025).
- The PCW-NEDA-DBM Joint Circular No.2012-12 providing that at least five percent (5%) of the total agency budget appropriations authorized under the annual GAA shall correspond to activities supporting GAD Plans and programs.
- The Magna Carta of Women or R.A 9710 and the General Appropriation Act (GAA) mandating all government departments, including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, and other government instrumentalities to formulate their annual GPBs within the context of their mandates to mainstream gender perspectives in their policies, programs and projects.
- Rules and Regulations Implementing the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000- R.A.8972
- Anti-Sexual Harassment Law- Republic Act 7877
- Special Leave Benefits for Women under R.A.9710
- Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004- R.A.9262
- CSC Guidelines on the availment of special leave benefits under R.A.9262
Philippine Commission on Women