The Center was conceptualized as the response to the university’s commitment to the government’s mandate in mainstreaming gender in the national agenda. The global efforts in calling all sectors of society and mobilizing resources for the advancement of women has been enshrined in the Philippines government’s commitment being a signatory in international conventions, particularly the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1979, and the UN Forward-Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women (FLSAW), in 1985. These are further affirmed by the government’s commitment to implement the Beijing Platform for Action (BPA) on Women, which was approved during the Fourth Word Conference on Women in Beijing, China (FWCW) in 1995.

For its legal mandate, the following documents explicitly stipulate mainstreaming gender dimensions in the development process. Article II, Sec 14 of the 1987 Constitution states that “the state recognizes the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of men and women”; Executive Order 348, series of 1989, approving adopting the Philippine Developmental Plan for Women (PDPW) for 1989-1992, a companion volume of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for Women (MTPDP) 1989-1992; RA 7192, otherwise known as Women in Development and Nation-Building Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) specifically mandated the formulation of the Philippine Developmental Plan for Gender-responsive Development (PPGD) 1995-2025; and Executive Order 273 approving and adopting the PPGD signed signed on September 8, 1995 and RA 9710 – Magna Carta of Women which was promulgated on August 14, 2009.

The university of Northern Philippines believes that to realize its commitment to the government’s call for the promotion of gender equality and that both women and men may contribute to development and benefit from its fruit equally, the establishment of a Center is imperative. The institutionalization of all projects and activities will lend legitimacy to address gender-responsive university recognizes the integration of gender and development in support to nation-building.