FAQs on GAD Planning and Budgeting (GPB)

1. How often is GAD planning and budgeting done by government agencies?

GAD planning and budgeting is conducted annually as part of all programming and budgeting exercises of agencies. The Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) in the GPB shall be included in the agency budget proposal and shall be reflected in the Annual Work and Financial Plan (WFP) of concerned offices or units within the agency or department.

2. Is the GAD budget in addition to the agencies’ approved budget?

No, the GAD budget, which is the cost of implementing the GAD plan shall already form part of the agencies’ approved budget.

3. What should be given priority in GAD planning and budgeting?

Mainstreaming gender perspectives in agency PAPs to attain the desired outcomes for GAD shall be a priority in GAD planning and budgeting.

4. What budget will be used for GAD gender mainstreaming?

The agency shall use at least 5% of its approved budget under the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA) for GAD mainstreaming as specified under R.A. No. 10633 d. 27 December 2013.

The GAD budget shall be drawn from the agency’s maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), capital outlay (CO), and personal services (PS)

5. What are the available tools to aid agencies in GAD mainstreaming?

The Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) for Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, developed by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and the Official Development Assistance Gender and Development Network (ODA-GAD network) and other references prepared by international bodies can be used as guides to ensure that the different concerns of women and men are addressed equally and equitably in their PAPs.

6. Who in the agency shall take the lead in mainstreaming gender in agency PAPs?

The Agency GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) shall take the lead in mainstreaming gender in the agency’s PAPs; provide technical assistance to offices and units on GAD mainstreaming; coordinate the preparation of the GPB and GAD Accomplishment Report (AR); monitor its implementation and report its results.

7. Who shall serve as oversight agencies to ensure that government agencies undertake gender mainstreaming?

The oversight agencies are NEDA, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Civil Service Commission (CSC), and the Commission on Audit (COA).