DILG – Cotabato City pioneers GAD Trainers Training, highlights JMC 2013 – 01


The Department of Interior and Local Government of Cotabato City in partnership with SPARK! Philippines conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) Trainer’s Training for Civil Society Organization leaders on January 29-31, 2014 held at the St. Joseph Retreat House, Cotabato City.

“The advocacy on mainstreaming GAD cannot be done alone by the government. We need leaders like the strong CSO network to help us carry out this initiative, after all, this is our own city” said Director Abdillah of DILG Cotabato City.

Twenty community development leaders from different areas from South Central Mindanao responded to the call and attended the training. The Gender and Development (GAD) approach aims to provide Philippine government agencies, partners and donors with a common set of analytical concepts and tools for integrating gender concerns into development programs and projects. The training includes Gender Sensitivity, Gender Analysis, and Gender Mainstreaming, Tools for Gender Mainstreaming andGAD Plan and Budget components. It aims to capacitate LGUs through its development partners in the community in creating their GAD Plan (Gender and Development Plan) to address gender issues and concerns in their respective sectors and constituents as mandated by RA 9710. The highlight of the said activity was the introduction of the recently-signed Joint Memorandum Circular 2013 – 01 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department and Budget and Management (DBM) and the Philippine Commission on Women on the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women.

As a result of the 3-day training, the 20 GAD trainers together with the city government commits to federate the civil society organizations and non-profit organizations to formally create an alliance that will significantly contribute to policy making and city planning particularly on mainstreaming GAD.

The participating NGO’s and CSO’s include: Noorus Salaam, LIPAD, Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI), SoLD Pax, Advocacy for Advancement and Development Mindanao, Advance Progress, Magbasa Kita Foundation Inc., Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc. (KDSAI), and MTB- Mindanao Tulong Bakwet among others.

Psychosocial Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation Training of Trainers



An urgent and crucial training program post-disaster.
A critical capacity development initiative post-Yolanda.

SPARK! Philippines, Inc., in cooperation with Goals for Peace- Colombia will be conducting a Psychological Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation Trainer’s Training with Dr. Al B. Fuertes of George Mason University on December 13- 15, 2013 at the SGV I & II, Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

The training is designed to allow participants to develop an appreciation of human resilience and acquire more coping mechanisms by gaining a broader knowledge and deeper understanding about the nature and dynamics of psychosocial trauma, healing and reconciliation given the various forms of natural disaster and conflict that are affecting individuals and societies.

Participants will investigate the difficulties people and communities face in responding to deep personal and communal loss, pain, and suffering in settings of displacement, natural disaster, and protracted, violent conflict such as war or armed struggle.

The participants are expected to cascade their learnings especially to those who are directly helping in the relief efforts.

For more information please contact Mr. Joseph Navarro, SPARK! Philippines Project Officer 0916 396 9123 or send us your inquiries at sparkphilippines2013@gmail.com as soon as possible. Limited slot available.


Dr. Al Fuertes was a recipient of the 2008 GMU Teaching Excellence Award and the 2001 AT&T Asia-Pacific Leadership Award. Al is a field practitioner and consultant who specializes in community-based trauma healing as an integral component in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He travels extensively around the world, particularly in places affected by war, armed conflict, and natural disaster. Al works with government, religious, military, and community leaders, as well as NGO development workers, school administrators, teachers, youth, refugees and internally displaced persons. He is the faculty director of the global education program in the Philippines, a 9-credit summer course in Grassroots Peacebuilding, Environmental Issues and Cultures, and in Cambodia, a 3-credit winter course in Community Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Spirituality through George Mason’s Center for Global Education.