Discipline: Social Science
Local Government Units (LGUs) need to be transparent, participatory, equitable and gender-responsive to achieve good local governance. This study aimed to provide a descriptive analysis of the current level of gender-responsiveness of selected cities and municipalities in the Province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. The exploratory method of research was used in the study. Findings showed that the LGUs in the Province of Ilocos Sur have manifested a systematic approach and moving towards advanced stages of gender responsiveness. The LGUs fall within the area of strength where plan for maintaining strength is recommended. They had shown marked performance as being gender responsive in the delivery of basic services. Meanwhile, the major factor that helped the LGUs integrate Gender and Development (GAD) concerns in the development of Program, Projects and Activities (PPAs) is the organization of Local Council for Women. On the other hand, the most hindering factor is the dearth of funds for GAD PPAs. Moreover, violence against women and teenage pregnancies are the most common concerns affecting the women and children in the province’s LGUs. The number one recommendation of the LGUs for GAD to be included in their priorities is funding and training especially to women’s group.