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DENR’s six-year strategic plan under review

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) six-year strategic plan is being reviewed for enrichments, to align scheduled programs and activities with the current state of the country as it continues to face the effects of climate change, health, and gender issues.


Undersecretary for Climate Change and chairperson of the DENR-Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) Analiza Rebuelta-Teh is reviewing the 2020-2025 plan with GAD focal persons and planning officers from different central, bureaus, attached agencies and regional offices of the DENR.

Providing inputs were in-house GAD consultant Shalimar Vitan for concerns involving the GAD strategic plan, and feedback/comments to the 2021 Draft GAD plans and budgets; DENR Climate Change Service Director and concurrent DENR GAD Office Director Elenida Basug for linking ENR with climate change, gender and health in GAD strategic and annual plans; ERDB chief Marilyn Lalican for the proposed data sets for baseline data gathering; and GAD external consultant Wilma Rojas for laying down the proposed enrichments to the GAD strategic plan.

Prior to the meeting, a series of webinars on the priority programs of the DENR were conducted from July 8 to Aug. 12.

Webinars were conducted on “Pursuing Climate, Gender, and Health-responsive Programs” in the following sectors: biodiversity, forestry, solid waste and hazardous wastes, air quality, water sector, land, and mineral resources development.

Teh explained the webinars helped all concerned better understand the links, and identify entry points in mainstreaming, and emphasized the need to seriously consider going beyond mainstreaming gender in the priority programs of the DENR.

She reminded the participants of the potential of women as “game changers,” “active stakeholders,” and agents of change for resilient development.

The webinar participants were provided with a briefer, “Beyond Gender Mainstreaming: Linking Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), Climate Change, Health and Gender (Guide to Planning for Gender and Development in the ENR Sector)” produced by the Office of the DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and its Climate Change Service, to aid the participants through their enhancement process.

The deadline for submission of the revised/enhanced GAD Strategic Plans per sector is on August 21. These will be consolidated as the Updated DENR National Strategic Plan (2020-2025), and the GAD Plans and Budgets for 2021 by August 27, before these will be submitted to the Philippine Commission on Women in September.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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