FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army joins the whole nation on the celebration of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista AFP, Commanding General of the Philippine Army on 27 November 2017, here. Highlights of the activity is the conduct of the Philippine Army Gender-Based Violence Referral System Focal Persons’ Meeting and Memorandum of Partnership Signing with Combat Stress Management System with Honorable Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality as Guest of Honor and Speaker together with the Psychological Association of the Philippines, Ateneo de Davao University – Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services and Association of Psychologists and Helping Practitioners Incorporated. Present also are the GAD Focal Point System Executive, GAD Officers from Philippine Army Major Units together with civilian employee of the Command held at Ricarte Hall, Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Relatedly, a Flag-raising ceremony and reading of the message of Commanding General, Philippine Army at HPA Flagpole in observance of the campaign, this event was also graced by Major General Robert M Arevalo AFP, Vice Commander, Philippine Army together with the Officers and Enlisted personnel and civilian employee of the Command, this is also simulated in all military camps and installation PA-wide.
According to Lieutenant General Bautista, “The Philippine Army stands with the entire nation in its vision to eradicate all forms of violence, especially to women. Together, let us stand and break the silence of violence. Let us protect and care for our women, as part of our efforts in building a peaceful and progressive country.”
Honorable Senator Risa Hontiveros, in a statement, said that, the Philippine Army has transformed into a more credible and professional armed forces and being admired and loved by the people and the community especially during the liberation of Marawi. “A more inclusive armed forces that embraces all genders, will make, I believe, a stronger military institution”. Hontiveros added.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Maria Victoria B Agoncillo, Chief of Army Gender and Development “The formation of Philippine Army Gender-Based Violence Referral System is the genuine commitment of the Philippine Army in promoting equal rights and protection to women and girls in our country, while the signing of the memorandum of partnership is a confirmation that the Filipino people remains committed to protect its force.”
Your Philippine Army remains committed on its mandate as a protector of the people and the community regardless of culture, ethnicity and gender in conformity with our vision of becoming a world class Army that is a source of national pride.