UCGAD Profile

The University Center for Gender and Development & Related Studies is composed of three sections namely: University Center for Gender And Development; Regional Center for Poverty Studies (RCPS); and Center for Human Rights Education (CHRE).

University Center for Gender and Development

The University Center for Gender and Development (UCGAD) was created in response to the National Policy as specified in the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines Vol. 103 No. 1 of 2007, Section 30 p1137, “Programs/Projects Related to Gender and Development, that all Departments, including their attached agencies, offices, bureaus, SUCs, GOCCs, LGUs and other instrumentalities shall formulate a Gender and Development (GAD) Plan designed to address gender issues within their concerned sectors or mandate and implement applicable provisions in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development (2000-2015), the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (1995-2025), the Framework Plan for Women, and the Ten-Point Legacy Agenda of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration. The cost of implementing the GAD Plan shall be at least five (5%) of the agency’s or local government’s total 2007 budget appropriations.” In line with this policy, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of Region I executed Joint Circular No. 99-4 of May 4, 1999 on “Guidelines for the Implementation of Gender and Development (GAD) Related Programs/Projects/Activities. Also the Regional Development Council (RDC-1) approved a resolution known as RDC, EXCO Resolution No. 59 S. 2001, “Enjoining all government agencies, local government units, State Universities/Colleges and concerned entities to institutionalize gender mainstreaming and provide funds for Gender Responsive Programs/Projects.”


A center that propagates healthy partnership of men and women – one that values mutual respect, consensual dialogues, and the sharing of public and private responsibilities geared toward excellence and leadership.


To institutionalize policies and programs that are responsive to gender, poverty, and human rights issues through instruction, research, and extension services, establishing the necessary institutional mechanism that make all units of MMSU a high performance workplace.

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  1. To mainstream gender and development, poverty, and human rights issues through  instruction, research, and extension activities across all disciplines.
  2. To create awareness on gender, poverty, and human rights issues in the various programs of the University.
  3. To establish a repository for gender related research publications, extension materials, and other forms of literature on gender and development.
  4. To help provide women more access to knowledge resources and networks enabling them to participate actively and effectively in decision making both in the home and in the community.
  5. To institutionalize celebrations and successes in gender equality, empowerment of women, poverty alleviation, and human right concerns.


  1. Encourage the integration of gender and development issues in relevant courses across disciplines and  provide logistic support for the effort related to this activity.
  2. Encourage faculty members from the eight colleges and other institutions in the region to develop research proposals and extension programs on gender and development.
  3. Endorse gender related proposals to the University for funding from all possible sources.
  4. Disseminate information, news, and literature about gender and development in a quarterly newsletter.
  5. Organize awareness and sensitivity trainings and seminars on gender, poverty, and human rights issues.
  6. Review the GAD plans, instructional, and extension modules of all units of the university.
  7. Identify, evaluate, and endorse for awards or recognition of university personnel and offices that exhibit exemplary gender sensitivity.
  8. Organize and conduct seminars to raise the level of awareness of the university and the community about gender issues, poverty, and human rights.
  9. Recognize individuals and/or projects that can be considered successes in tackling gender prejudice and discrimination, poverty, and human rights violations.
  10. Conducts regular meetings of all GAD coordinators in the university.
  11. Lead the university in the celebration of Women’s month in March every year.

Prof. Beatriz S. Malab
UCGAD Focal Person
Crops Research Laboratory (CRL) Building
Paoay Road, Brgy. Tabug, Batac City 2906
Ilocos Norte