The Gender and Development Office exists to create and encourage quality gender-responsive programs and policies where both men and women could equally gain from. Its vision is that both of these men and women equally contribute and equally gain from society.
Such is pursuant to RA 9710: Magna Carta of Women, wherein the goals of a Gender and Development (GAD) are gender equality, society transformation towards gender roles, active agency of women in development, improvement of women organization and women politics. And indeed, such development would be participatory, empowering, equitable, sustainable, violence-free, and respectful of human rights, and supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials.
To achieve the said goals, GAD Mainstreaming must be implemented. Such mainstreaming denotes an approach in turning both men and women’s issues and involvements an important aspect of the design, execution, maintenance, and assessment of all policies and programs of the government, so that both men and women may equally benefit. It is a way of evaluating the effects for men and women of any strategic activity, including legislation, policies, or programs in all areas and at all levels.
Part of the mainstreaming efforts is the development a database. On August 8, 2018, the Municipality of Los Baños launch the first Gender and Development Database in the region.