Gender Issues and Public Health Crisis Management: Philippine Local Governments’ Response to Covid-19

45 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022 Last revised: 20 Jun 2022

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Michelle Castillo

University of the Philippines Diliman

Marie Christine Chan-Tayo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alicia B. Celestino

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristoffer B. Berse

The University of the Philippines Diliman

Don Jeffery A. Quebral

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This mixed-method research describes how sensitive is the Philippine local government COVID-19 response to risks of gender-based violence and poor reproductive health outcomes. It finds that on average, local government units (LGUs) are generally responsive, albeit in a less than satisfactory manner based on the perspective of the citizens and civil society organizations. It identifies several factors that helped or hindered LGUs in addressing these gendered impacts and provide recommendations to strengthen a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to public health emergencies and biological disasters within a decentralized framework of government.

Keywords: gender, COVID-19, local governance, gender-based violence, reproductive health, Philippines

Suggested Citation

Castillo, Michelle and Chan-Tayo, Marie Christine and Celestino, Alicia B. and Berse, Kristoffer B. and Quebral, Don Jeffery A., Gender Issues and Public Health Crisis Management: Philippine Local Governments’ Response to Covid-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4041255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4041255

Michelle Castillo (Contact Author)

University of the Philippines Diliman ( email )

Melchor Hall, Osmena Avenue, Diliman,
Quezon City,, National Capital Region 1101
Philippines

Marie Christine Chan-Tayo

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Alicia B. Celestino

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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Kristoffer B. Berse

The University of the Philippines Diliman ( email )

Don Jeffery A. Quebral

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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