PH can “do more” to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (File photo)

MANILA – The Philippines can “do more” to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Tuesday.

In his message on International Women’s Day, Duterte said he was proud of the Philippines’ distinction as a “shining beacon” of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world. world.

“Whether in politics, business, academia and local communities, especially in our homes, women have held and continue to hold positions of power and influence in our society. This underscores not only our values ​​as a people, but also the importance we place on women as essential partners in nation building,” he said.

He said, however, that the quest to meet the distinct and intersectional needs of women and girls was not yet over.

“While growing awareness of equality is already an impressive feat and women are breaking the glass ceiling, I believe we can do more,” he added.

He said that with access to education, information and innovation, more women will have the opportunity to participate meaningfully in many aspects of human development and change the mindsets that continue to prevail. disadvantage women and other gender expressions.

“Let us all come together to build a country where no one is left behind and where everyone has the ability to succeed,” he said.

During a press briefing at the Palace, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar, wished women around the world a happy International Women’s Day and International Women’s Month.

“Kinikilala po natin ang napakahalagang papel ng ating mga kababaihan hindi lamang sa ating mga tahanan kundi pati na rin ang kanilang kontribusyon sa ating lipunan (We recognize the very important role of our women not only in our homes, but also in their contribution to our society),” he said.

Andanar, meanwhile, set out Duterte’s pro-women policies such as signing Executive Order No. 12 which seeks to achieve and maintain “zero unmet need for modern family planning” through the strict implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act.

He said Duterte also enacted important measures such as Republic Act 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act and RA 11210 or the 105-Day Extended Maternity Leave Act.

On Monday, Duterte signed RA 11648 which raises the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 to protect minors from rape and other acts of sexual abuse. (NAP)

Mara R. Wilmoth