By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — “The PNP’s dedication and advocacy to promote human rights and gender equality even during this time of COVID 19 Pandemic is commendable. For two years now, I am a living witness on how the PNP personnel perform their duties with passion and diligence even at the heat of the sun, rain or shine. Thank you for going beyond your call of duty in making sure that every Filipino citizen is safe and secure”, said Philippine Commission on Women Chairperson (PCW) Sandra Sanchez-Montano during the kick-off ceremony of the Philippine National Police’s 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration that coincided with the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremonies at Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City on March 7, 2022.

The celebration highlighted the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development. This pursuit of development is also anchored on the commitment of this year’s theme “We Make Change Work for Women” with the sub theme: “Agenda ng Kababaihan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, “Malasakit at Pagbabago”.

PCW Chairperson Sanchez-Montano underscored that between June 21 to 25, 2021, the PNP underwent Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) Validation for 2020 and was able to achieve level 3 or GAD Institutionalization level with a score of 61.78 points which is 1.55 points higher than its 2019 GMEF validated score.

“PCW commends the PNP for attaining this milestone despite the limitation that all of us face during the Covid 19 Pandemic. We are also happy to note that the PNP was able to initiate the development of its Gender and Development (GAD) agenda aligned to the PNP “Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-of-Law (P.A.T.R.O.L.) Plan 2030 which aims to promote just and lasting peace in our society”, the Chairperson said.

The ceremony also highlighted the awarding of Ten (10) Female PNP Personnel with Good Deeds who exemplified heartwarming acts beyond their call of duty.

“Truly you are all remarkable and awesome. We hope that with your continuous commitment, all of your sterling activities will redound to the attainment of peace and empowerment of all citizens, especially women and girls in the country. Together, the PNP and PCW can achieve gender equality in all aspects of the development process to attain the vision of a gender responsive society”, Chairperson Sanchez-Montano added.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police Chief General Dionardo Carlos also extended his sincerest congratulations to the Female PNP awardees for their dedication and exemplary services.

“We have already accomplished much when it comes to developing policies, plans, guidelines, mechanisms, and best practices that gives great bearing to women in Philippine society and promote women empowerment and gender equality in the organization but, of course, there is still more work to be done so we must always assert our steadfastness in protecting the rights and promoting the interests, especially of the most vulnerable sectors in its society”, PGen Carlos said.

Also coinciding with the Women’s Month Celebration was the Ceremonial Turnover of P1,990,000.00 Financial Assistance from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, Inc. (PSMBFI) to PNP PSMBFI Members who were severely devastated by typhoon Odette and whose houses were completely destroyed.

A total of 398 PNP PSMBFI Members from Regions 4B, 6, 8, and 10 were each granted a P5,000-cash aid.

Capping the momentous occasion was an all-female Motorcycle Riders Exhibition from the PNP Highway Patrol Group.

“Together, let us continue strengthening the PNP with more vigor and sincerity in the pursuit of women empowerment and in defending the human rights of women from all forms of abuse and discrimination”, PGen Carlos said.

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