Press Release
August 15, 2018

To assist the LGUs in preparing a correct GAD plan and budget, POPCOM-10 conducted this in partnership with the DILG who issued a memorandum to all LGUs enjoining them to attend this training as another strategy to implement the RPRH Law. In essence, some LGUs are heard to have been often unable to conduct PPMP activities due to no budget allocated for population activities. With this issue, POPCOM offered to train the LGUs on GRPopS for them to access the 5% GAD allocation for the PPMP program. 7 batches were conducted in the 2nd quarter. The participants were the Municipal Budget Officers; Municipal GAD Focal Persons; Municipal Population Officer and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer. As output, all LGUs came-up with a population-strategy-focused GAD Plan and Budget for 2019. Those who had already submitted their 2019 GAD Plan could still make revisions as stated in the 2016 DILG-NEDA-DSWD-DBM Memorandum Circular 2013 (Amendments to 2013 MC on the Operationalization of the Magna Carta of Women). Below is the summary of GRPopS conducted: 

Batch 1 Bukidnon May 30-31 31 Participants
Batch 2 Bukidnon May 31-June 1 27 Participants
Batch 3 Misamis Oriental June 5-6 28 Participants
Batch 4 Misamis Oriental June 7-8 27 Participants
Batch 5 Misamis Occidental June 19-20 27 Participants
Batch 6 Lanao del Norte June 21-22 25 Participants
Batch 7 Lanao del Norte June 26-27 27 Participants

 As of this writing, 3 LGUs shared the good news to POPCOM-10 that based on their revised GAD Plan (output of GRPopS), their respective LGUs have approved additional budget for local population programs for the year 2019. These are Villanueva Misamis Oriental – 1 Million; Talakag Misamis Oriental 1 Million; and Maramag Bukidnon – 1.8 Million. RPO-10 is still in the process of monitoring the contribution of GRPopS training to the LGUs and the impact it has made on the local budget for population activities.