Republic Act No. 7192 or Women in Development and Nation Building Act recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.

GAD is a development perspective that recognizes that there are blocks/ gender biases that prevent people from attaining their full potentials. GAD works to remove gender biases in individual, families, and institutions. GAD enables women and men to do productive work and have control of and benefit from the income; and able to be knowledgeable, skilled, confident with abilities and comfortable with achievements, independence, and power.

As one of the oversight agencies, the DILG enjoins LGUs to mainstream and institutionalize GAD, ensuring that it is integrated and incorporated in the LGUs planning and budget processes which further ascertains the creation of the Local Councils of Women in every LGU.

DILG also maintains active partnership with other gender responsive institutions through UGSAD, the Regional Gender Resource Center for Western Visayas composed of GAD Focal Persons in the region. UGSAD created a venue that effectively address gender issues particularly in the workplace.


A comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the fundamental rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.  The Magna Carta of Women serves as the Philippine “Bill of Rights” for Filipino Women.

DILG as the lead agency in the review, endorsement and monitoring of submission of GAD Plans and Budget (GPBs) and GAD Accomplishment Reports (GAD ARs) of local government units (LGUs).