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Cagayan lawmaker to police: ‘We can make a difference for women’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan First District Board Member Maria Olivia Pascual encouraged Cagayan Valley police officers and the public to work together to make a difference for the women’s sector.

Pascual spoke in front of the region’s policewomen and men as guest of honor and speaker of Police Regional Office 02’s (PRO2) Women’s Month Celebration culmination program here on Monday, March 26.

“Each one of us can make a difference for the women’s sector. We may have separate focus addressing women’s concerns, taken collectively, these efforts will redound to the general well-being of women. As a consequence, women will not be left behind in the pursuit of change,”Pascual said.

The former chair of the provincial board ‘s Committee on Women praised policewomen, adding that they have “sacrificed a lot,” and dedicated themselves to service.

“Being a mother, being away from home, being away from your children, and away from your husbands and, add to that, the accompanying risks of being posted in the fields of work… my salute goes to all of you because your love for your country and of your job is very commendable,” she said.

Pascual also said women have proven to be “worthy partners in development,” moving away from traditional stereotypes such as being homemakers and mothers.

“Today, women can stand with dignity and honor side-by-side with men, performing tasks that redound to the nation’s growth and development,” she added.

Pascual also recognized the Philippine National Police (PNP) as a “responsive agency that is pro-women,” and noted the force’s gender equity policy on hiring and promotion, and its women’s desk for women in distress.

The board member also called former PNP Women and Children Protection Center Director Police Chief Superintendent Juanita Nebran and Directorate for Police Community Relation Director Police Chief Superintendent Lina Sarmiento as “frontliners” of the country’s more than 11,000 uniformed police officers.

Further, Pascual urged the police and the public to continue programs and efforts for women empowerment in the country.

“We are happy that in the Philippines, the women have long been, in many areas of endeavor and their work, recognized unlike in other countries were women are not yet fully recognized as development partners. So, let us continue the successes in undertaking gender responsive program policies to make women partners for change,” she said.

Pascual with PRO2 Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino also led the awarding of medals to outstanding police women in Region 02.

The theme for Women’s Month until 2022 is “We Make Change Work for Women.” Northernforum.net

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