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Friday, March 27, 2015

1st Cavalry supports Women’s Month celebration

By Gideon C. Corgue

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Cavalry Squadron (Tagpanguna) Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Division joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the nation in observing the women’s month.

Lt. Col. Charlemagne Batayola Jr. said in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA9) the unit conducted a seminar on Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) and Violence against Women and Children in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to increase awareness among 1st Cavalry personnel on the rights of women, giving them knowledge to integrate women issues into their work.

Batayola said the same seminar was also conducted in the line units in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan and Sulu provinces.

“In the camp, we are extra careful with our words for we may commit verbal abuse with women. We are treating them with utmost respect,” Batayola declared.  

Currently, there are three women soldiers in the unit - a lady officer and two enlisted women, he added.

Before, Batayola said, Filipino women were denied of their rights hindering their full participation in society. “But with the Republic Act 9710 or Magna Carta of Women, it encouraged them to actively participate in almost all activities for national development,” he pointed out.

The said law promotes the full participation and equitable representation of women in all spheres of society particularly in the decision-making and policy-making processes in government and private entities in order to fully realize their role as agents and beneficiaries of development.

The Philippines has been observing the month of March as the national Women’s Month for 25 years now since 1990.