By Claire R. Gigje
ILIGAN CITY, May 21–The Gender and Development in the Province of Lanao del Sur is foreseen to be enhanced and deepened through the rapid gender assessment kick off.
The Plan International under the Marawi Response Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Islamic Relief Worldwide Philippines to run a 45-day rapid gender assessment in the said province.
Marlon Libot, chief of Party of USAID and Plan International’s Marawi Response Project, said the assessment is a survey that targets to contribute to the progress of the implementation of Gender and Development Code in the area.
“The rapid gender assessment isa sa mga survey o assessment nga maghatag ug input sa ongoing development sa gitawag nato ug Gender and Development Code sa province. Kana nga code maglay-out sa mga programa, gender initiative, gender empowerment and gender integration sa mga programa within the province,” he said.
(The rapid gender assessment is one the surveys or assessment that will give input to the ongoing development of what we call the Gender and Development Code in the province. That code will lay-out programs, gender initiative, gender empowerment and gender integration of programs within the province)
Libot also said the survey is expected to determine the strategies on how to appropriately address the existing gender-based violence and give validation to the setup of referral pathways wherein survivors and abused people have facility or center that can provide immediate support and aid.
Sittie-Jamairah Disomimba, area program manager of the Islamic Relief Worldwide Philippines, then added that the assessment is an all-in study of gender viewed in various aspects and concerns in the community.
“It is all encompassing gender analysis, not only about after the siege but also all other issues. Hopefully, the result of this analysis will help the province design its developmental projects, and will also help the INGOs like us to design our projects in accordance with the needs of the province,” Disomimba said.
Meanwhile, Libot bared that around 14 local government units (LGUs) within Lanao del Sur are targeted to be involved in the assessment as he believes that this is beneficial to the province.
“Dako ang among panlantaw nga dako ni og tabang sa probinsya sa Lanao del Sur (We see a great vision that this is a big help to the province of Lanao del Sur),” he expressed.
The 45-day survey has already commenced through the conduct of three-day enumerators’ training starting May 19 wherein participants of the program will be deployed to different municipalities in the province. Philippine Information Agency