COA commends P38-M spending on gender dev’t programs
By John Regulus Michael A. Dipasupil| The Calabarzon Scholar, August 2019 – February 2020 Issue
The Commission on Audit (COA) praised Pisay Calabarzon for its high P38-M spending on Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) programs, the highest in the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS).
In its 2018 Annual Audit of the PSHSS, COA reported that the school spent P37,899,350.21 on its GAD plan, composing 10.85% of its total budget, making it first in total amount and second in percentage to total budget.
“The computed percentage of total expenditures over appropriation/budget showed that… six campuses [including Calabarzon] had sufficiently implemented the programs and projects related to GAD,” the report stated.
Pisay Calabarzon meets the 5% requirement set by RA No. 10964 on percentage of GAD expenditures to total budget.
ACROSS THE SYSTEM
Meanwhile, COA reports that the entire PSHSS had 5.96% of its total budget, or P196,687,727.00, dedicated to GAD plans, meeting the set 5% requirement.
“The overall PSHSS’ implementation of programs and projects related to programs and projects related to GAD except for Mimaropa Region Campus and Central Visayas Campus was at 5.96 percent…, hence their reported accomplishments attained the minimum requirement of 5% per 2018 GAA [General Appropriations Act],” COA said.
However, the agency also elaborated that more campuses failed to comply with the minimum requirement than those who did, but the average of 5.96% still meant that the system was following the set guidelines.
“We recommend that the Management direct the GAD Focal Point System to require the [Zamboanga, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga Campuses and the Office of the Executive Director] to provide at least 5% of the agency’s total annual appropriations for the implementation of programs/ projects/activities related to GAD,” the commission reported.
Quennie Maglasang, Committee Head for GAD, said in an interview with the Calabarzon Scholar that she hopes for continuous support of the management, and the continuous planning and implementation of GAD Activities.“
[I hope for] the continuous support of the management in all GAD activities of the campus in infrastructure or school activities.
For the CID and the SSD, there should be continuous planning and implementation of GAD activities in all campus activities, especially in the curriculum, for example the usage of gender fair language inside the classroom,” Maglasang commented.