Women truly deserve love, respect, and recognition for their crucial roles in nation-building and peacekeeping. Women, indeed, promote social cohesion and shape community and family values. They have become indispensable actors in serving and protecting the people with selfless dedication and commitment to bringing peace and progress to the country.
To recognize Filipino women’s contribution in the struggle for national independence, civil liberties, equality, and human rights, and to affirm our solidarity with the United Nations, Proclamation No. 224 was established “Declaring the First Week of March of Every Year as Women’s Week and Every Year thereafter as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day” signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 1, 1988.
Furthermore, Proclamation No. 227 “Providing for the observance of the Month of March as “Women’s Role in History Month” reinforced the earlier proclamation, emphasizing the role of Filipino women in the social, cultural, economic, and political development throughout our history. It provided for a month-long nationwide observance with appropriate ceremonies and activities to be spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).
Today commence the month-long observance of the National Women’s Month Celebration in collaboration with the Philippine Commission on Women. The PCW Board Members and Inter-Agency Technical Working Group identified its theme “We Make Change Work for Women” which shall be used from Calendar Year 2017 to 2022. It highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.
The 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration focuses on the women’s significant participation in the recovery from COVID-19, as well as gender issues exacerbated by the pandemic. March 2021 marks one year of our nation's fight against COVID-19. Thus, it is a time to highlight the women’s condition and their significant roles as we continue to battle against the spread of COVID-19.
With great pride and honor, the Philippine National Police recognizes the significant contributions of its lady cops and non-uniformed personnel in the achievement of its vision and mission. It has been proven that women empowerment and advancement of equal opportunities to develop our potentials as contributors towards development and progress ensures sustainable and equitable growth.
As we celebrate women’s month, it is high time to recognize their hard works, efforts and dedication with a genuine heart to serve and protect our dear countrymen.
Truly, a woman is not just a symbol of love and compassion, but also a representation of peace and progress.
The PNP in celebration of the National Women’s Month Kick-Off Ceremony during the Flag Raising Ceremony USEC LORRAINE MARIE T BADOY, Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will grace the occasion as Guest of Honor and Speaker and other invited guests who are the epitome of empowered women in our society on March 1, 2021, as the PNP will also launch the first-ever PNP Gender and Development Manual which will serve as a guide in understanding the participation of every woman and man in policy formulation and organizational development while performing their duty, to give law enforcement a better grip on the issues of protecting women and children in our country.