Evasco orders gender funds used for Marawi aid

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco has ordered government housing agencies to use half of their gender and development (GAD) budgets to immediately help Marawi evacuees.

In a special meeting last month, Evasco ordered the agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to help women and children who fled Marawi and start planning for the city’s reconstruction.

He said the GAD funds could be used for hygiene kits and psychosocial support services for women in the evacuation centers.

Evasco noted that the Magna Carta for Women mandates government agencies to allot five percent of their budgets to GAD programs for gender issues and concerns but ag…

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