The 18th City Council during its 37th regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance approving the Cagayan de Oro City Gender and Development Code (CdeO GAD Code) of 2017.
Authored by Councilor Edna M. Dahino, the code shall serve as the blueprint that will provide policy direction for the formulation of programs and strategies that will mainstream women’s concern in sectoral development plan.
It will also provide policies and programs, intensify awareness campaign on women’s issues and concerns, provide gender responsive relief and rehabilitation programs with special focus on women and children’s needs, among others.
Moreover, GAD shall also refer to the development perspective, which recognizes the equal contribution of women, men, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), child, elderly and indigenous people in all development spheres.
This involves the process of searching for new innovative initiatives to transform unequal gender relations into opportunities, which are equally beneficial to all men, women, children, elderly and indigenous people and including the LGBT sector.
Section 39 of the GAD ordinance provides that the city shall create a Women and Children’s Police Deck (WCPD) Complaint Relation Section and appoint WCPD Officer in all police stations in the city to specifically handle concerns on women.
It also creates a Medico-Legal Desk for Women at the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) to cater to specific women problems and concerns.
Section 46 of the GAD Code provides that a reasonable portion of the health-related budget of the city shall be allocated for women’s health and services and other relevant comprehensive health care program for women and children.
A City GAD Program Office shall also be created to ensure consistency in the implementation of the code.
Its functions include monitoring and coordinative and regulatory functions, as stated in Section 126.
The legislation was reviewed by the committees on women and on finance, budget and appropriations, both chaired by Councilor Dahino and on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. (JAO/SP)