Gender Sensitivity and Gender and Development (GAD) Training for Youth Leaders (Philippines)

HOPE OF SOCIETY has become the moniker of the youth vision, and it is common knowledge to many based on what Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines.

IAYSP Bohol participated in the two-day Gender Sensitivity and Gender and Development (GAD) Training for Youth Leaders, promoted by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) under the auspices of the Office of the President of the Philippines. One of the main issues discussed was Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and issues that involve women, such as the abuse of their rights, damage to their dignity or reputation, and the loss of respect to them, usually done by men figures.

Among those mentioned, NAPC, Undersecretay Paterna “Pat” Ruiz emphasized the look-down on the women’s ability that makes them miserable.

“Women are considered objects, not subjects of developments. Women should not be an object but subject for developments.”

The beauty of this training is that it teaches young leaders to give importance to human rights and to make a difference in the lives of the poor through NAPC programs and projects, coordinating with organizations that help the youth sector-Onan.


One of the key partners in developing the youth’s role among the COVID-19 pandemic is Youthlead Philippines, Inc. (YLP), led by Council Member Metodio “John” Maraguinot Jr., NAPC-YS. According to Maraguinot, YLP, through the TANA! Youth Project is a project that also cooperates with projects from organizations to help them with the NAPC. Maraguinot made it very clear that the goal and desire of YLP are through TANA! Youth Project, to make young people aware of their essential role in development. Everything he said could not be successful without the support of the government, especially the NAPC.