The move to create the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women, Inc. (PFLCW) was initiated during the incumbency of Ms. Myrna Tang Yao as President of The National Council of Women of the Philippines (NCWP) and the Chairman of the Philippine Commission of women under the office of the President. She believed that women’s group at the local levels should be institutionalized to work effectively in partnership with government and the private sectors. Ms. Yao lobbied with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Secretary Joey D. Lina for the local government’s support on the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DILG and National Councils of Women for the creation of Local Councils of Women under Memorandum Circular No. 2002-167 dated October 10, 2002. It is further put into another Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women, Inc. (PFLCW) signed by Sec. Jesse M. Robredo and Ms. Myrna T. Yao on July 10, 2012 to override the Memorandum Circular No. 2002-167 dated October 10, 2002. In 2006-125 dated September 21, 2006 set the guidelines on the procedures and structures for the creation of the Local Councils of Women thereby recognizing PFLCW as the national coordinating body of all the Local Councils of Women in mainstreaming gender and development in pursuit of women’s empowerment, gender equality, social injustice, lasting peace, fulfillment and protection of human rights and sustainable development.
As a GO-NGO/PO/Private Sector partnership initiative, the PFLCW was seen to integrate and coordinate gender and development (GAD) programs and projects and to leverage women’s access to the 5 % GAD budget of government.
The PFLCW believes that the impact of poverty alleviation initiatives to the targeted beneficiaries can be enhanced if all stakeholders’ efforts are coordinated. Realizing the need to consolidate and solidify these efforts in empowering women for economic development, the PFLCW was created to serve as the link between the government, private sector, and women NGO in the localities.
Focusing on developing entrepreneurial capabilities of women, the PFLCW, Inc. endeavors to remove all obstacles toward achieving self-reliance and independence. PFLCW’s main agenda highlight the following action plan: professionalizing micro-enterprise operations; increasing access to marketing facilities; increasing productivity and income level; improving work conditions; providing social protection scheme; increasing access to new technology; providing soft-loans and guarantee funds; and developing entrepreneurial capability.
To date, PFLCW is the biggest network of women’s organization with a GO-NGO/PO/Private Sector partnership in the locality. PFLCW has a total membership of about 500 groups that compose of more than 100,000 women.
A gender-responsive society with GOs, NGOs, POs and Private Sectors partnership/ collaboration where women’s organizations and various sectors are actively involved to institutionalize a unified effort in developing and implementing programs and projects for women’s economic growth and nation-building while also providing advocacy support and networking assistance in the areas of social justice and gender-responsive governance.
To facilitate, strengthen and institutionalize the GO-NGO/PO/Private Sector partnership towards the implementation of gender-responsive economic programs, projects and activities at the local level.
To unify/coordinate local women’s group; institutionalize development by focusing on women’s economic empowerment programs; strengthen and promote collaborative initiatives with other NGOs in the areas of social justice and gender-responsive governance.
MOA between DILG and PFLCW