About Us


We started in 1998 as a core of women from the three UPV campuses (Iloilo, Tacloban, Cebu) who were interested in promoting the welfare of other women. The UPV Women's Desk was then established in 1990 as an organization of women and men from the various sectors and colleges of UPV, who were interested in women's studies and women's welfare. Upon the approval of the Board of Regents on April 7, 1997, the UPV Women's Desk became the Gender and Development Program (GDP).

UPV GDP Building

The UPV Gender and Development Program Building was constructed in 2006 through the efforts of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, a UPV alumna.


1. Formulate and implement gender-sensitive and gender responsive programs for UPV and the Visayas Region.

2. Mainstream gender concepts and issues in the academic curricula, projects, programs and services of the University.

3. Disseminate information about gender programs through public education, advocacy, trainings, research, publication and professional networking.


The UPV Gender and Development Program envisions

... the evolution of a gender-fair society where discrimination and other forms of inequities in the household, workplace & local communities are minimized.

... the improved status of women inside & outside the formal school system.

... a social order that can continually rid itself of gender-based injustices & exploitative conditions that have marginalized women and men, particularly those within Ilonggo, Cebuano and Waray societies & sub-cultures.

Extension, Advocacy and Networking

Balay-Balay CMC

The Balay-Balay Child-Minding Center aims to provide an opportunity for socialization, appropriate nurturing and values orientation at early levels of child development.

Major Activities: Nutrition Month Celebration, United Nations Day Celebration, Christmas Party, and Culminating Activity


GDP facilitates the activities of the National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc., a network of professionals and individuals interested in improving the status of women especially in the fisheries industries.

Major Activities: Fora, Regional and National Conference on Gender and Fisheries, Research and Advocacy, Production Conference Proceedings and Exposure Trips


The Ugsad Gender Resource Center is one of the original eight gender resource centers established in 1997 by the then National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), now known as the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). It serves as a resource pool for gender-related advocacies in Philippine regions. Ugsad has linkages with academic institutions, government agencies, local government units and non-government organizations throughout the Western Visayas region.

Major Activities: Committee Meetings, Technical Working Group Meetings, Women’s Month Celebrations, Campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and their Children (EVAWC), Lecture-Fora, Workshops, Seminars, Gender and Development Orientations, Gender Sensitivity Trainings, Exposure Trips, Hosting of the GAD Team, Cross Visits, TV/Radio Guestings

Do not blame yourself! GET HELP.

Report all cases of sexual harassment/assault to the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH)

Miagao campus: Basement, College Union Building
City campus: Gender and Development Building
Email: oash.upv@gmail.com


Call the UP Police immediately

Miagao campus: (033) 315-8051 local 166
City campus: (033) 337-9022 / (033) 329-3912
Go to the UP Health Service

Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment

How to file a formal complaint:

A formal complaint is a sworn statement signed and sworn to by the complainant that will formally be investigated. It must contain the following:

  1. Full name and address of the complainant
  2. Full name and address of the respondent
  3. A specification of the charges
  4. A brief statement of the material facts - where, what, when, how and who

Complaints must have the following elements:

  1. Unwanted whether done intentionally or not
  2. Sexual in nature
  3. Occurs in a peer, superior-subordinate (or vice versa) relationship in a work, education or training related environment
  4. Submission or rejection of acts used as basis for any employment/academic decision, or
    • Effects
    • interferes with work performance or creates a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment or
    • might reasonably be expected to cause discrimination, insecurity discomfort, offence or humiliation

What to do if you feel you are being harassed:

  • Do not pretend that it is not happening
  • Say NO to the person
  • Talk to someone about it
  • Familiarize yourself with the University's policy
  • Document everything

All formal investigations are conducted with utmost confidentiality and respect for due process. Retaliation against parties directly and indirectly involved in any incident case or report concerning sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Any act of retaliation in itself shall be ground for disciplinary action.

Do not blame yourself! GET HELP.

Report all cases of sexual harassment/assault to the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH)
Miagao campus: Basement, College Union Building
City campus: Gender and Development Building
Email: oash.upv@gmail.com

Contact Us

For queries or complaints related to sexual harassment cases

Gender and Development Program

University of the Philippines Visayas

General Luna Street, Iloilo City 5000

Telefax : (033) 509-0980 / (033) 335-1702

Email : gdp@upv.edu.ph