CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO —This year’s campaign to end violence against women culminated with a nationwide whistle blowing and signing of pledge at the Police Regional Office 1 grandstand here December 12.
Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, head of PRO1, led the whistle blowing and signing of the UNITE Pledge Cloth to highlight the culmination of this year’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women which started last November 25.
At a given signal, the PRO1 uniformed personnel simultaneously blew their respective whistle attached to their uniform. They later wrote their answer and affixed their signature on the UNITE Pledge Cloth, a piece of white cloth measuring about 60 x 60 inches on the top portion of which is printed the question “What are you doing to stop violence against women and girls?”
The whistle blowing is a national advocacy to call on everyone to do their share in stopping violence against women. Likewise, the signing of the UNITE Pledge Cloth signifies the national commitment to end VAW and is in support of the worldwide campaign of the United Nations Secretary General.
Presidential Proclamation No. 1172 dated November 17, 2006 declared November 25 to December 12 of every year as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.”
“This blowing of whistle is a symbolic gesture of our commitment to prevent VAW by knowing women’s rights; to speak out against VAW; and most importantly to help someone who suffers from VAW,” Bucayu stated.
The regional director said that respect for women is respect for human rights.
“As law enforcers, we play an important role in addressing VAW in our community. It is an encouraging thought that we in PRO1 can claim some contribution primarily through our program thrust to institutionalize Rights-Based Policing in the region,” he added.
In connection with the anti-VAW campaign, forty-five female police officers recently finished the 10-Day Specialized Course for Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) Officers. Another 50 WCPD officers are undergoing the same training designed to effectively address VAW and other issues relating to women and children.#