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Gender and renewable energy in the Philippines: a community-based microhydro project in Kalinga and a PV-battery charging station in Southern Leyte

Author: Feri Lumampao, Victoria Lopez, Lisa Go
Publisher: Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines
Publication Date: Jan 2012
How is gender-sensitive technical vocational education and training (TVET) used to enrich learning and enabling environments for the empowerment of women in the Philippines? This paper illustrates initiatives undertaken to capacitate Philippine gender and development focal persons in the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to implement gender mainstreaming into the TVET curriculum. TESDA was established through the Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994, which encourages development in industry, labour, local government units and technical-vocational institutions. This paper is part of an ongoing project of the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) in collaboration with the Philippine Commission on Women under the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation (GREAT) of Women Project. The TWC is the lead training institution responsible for integrating gender and development components into existing technology-based training programmes. This document describes the achievements of TESDA’s community training projects and other initiatives. Several constraints are also identified, such as the TESDA’s limited expertise on, and absence of a purposive programme to raise the level of, gender and development competencies. The solutions provided for improving gender mainstreaming in TVET focus on the importance of gender sensitivity training and skills development courses for project trainers. The GREAT of Women Project is a governance and capacity development project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).