Dr. Digna Manzanilla, CURE Coordinator, attended the 7th IFAD Philippines Gender Network meeting (IPGN) held in Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte. The network is an avenue for IFAD sponsored projects in the Philippines (grants and investment projects) to meet and discuss gender related issues and concerns affecting project implementation. Annually, the assembly is participated in by all project gender focal systems/persons from different agencies involved. This year's host was the Project CONVERGE of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The theme was on gender equity and women empowerment through application of gender tools and mechanisms for rural development. The participants agreed on concrete actions to improve gender mainstreaming in their programmes/projects.