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Women police officers to handle PNP checkpoints on March 16

PNP Negros Oriental WCPD Chief PLT. Mariela Mira gives an update on the cases of women abuse in the province during the Kapihan Sa PIA forum held March 2, 2022 at the Negros Oriental Convention Hotel, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, March 14 (PIA) -- Female officers of the Philippine National Police Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (PNP-NOrPPO) will be handling PNP checkpoints across the province on March 16.

PNP-NOrPPO Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) Chief PLT. Mariela Mira said this move is part of their activities in celebration of National Women’s Month this March.

She said PNP has lined up several activities aimed to raise awareness about gender mainstreaming and promoting the women’s welfare which is the main focus of the celebration.

Other major activities for the celebration of Women’s Month include the distribution of food packs and hygiene kits to 45 mothers of day care students of NOPPO Day Care Center on March 18 and the simultaneous installation of solar light equipment for less fortunate women in the province.

“Recipients are those less fortunate women who cannot afford to pay electric connection, monthly bills, and are still using the traditional lampara light in their homes,” Mira said.

Since January last year, the PNP has distributed solar light equipment to 426 beneficiaries of the program across the province.

PNP-NOrPPO’s NWM celebration will culminate on March 30 with an activity dubbed as “Adopt an Inmate” where female personnel of PNP will visit female inmates in the provincial and city jails and distribute hygiene kits to them.

Aside from this, PNP-NOrPPO and all police stations will conduct radio guestings, pulong-pulong, and distribute information materials on women empowerment to further promote the advocacy.

“All policewomen and non-uniformed personnel are required to wear purple every Tuesday of March to signify our support for women empowerment and gender equality,” Mira said.

This year’s celebration focuses on the promotion of women’s agenda in governance through its sub-theme “Agenda ng Kababaihan, tungo sa Kaunlaran.”

Meanwhile, the PNP official gave an update on cases of women abuse in the province covering the months of December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022.

On cases related to Violence against Women (VAW), there were 11 cases recorded in December 2021, six in January 2022, and two for February 2022.

On rape cases, there was one case recorded in December 2021, three cases for January and zero for February 2022.

On other cases of women abuse, there were five recorded in December 2021, one in January 2022, and two for February 2022.

Mira said that sustained information drive on women’s laws and creation of women support group has contributed to few cases of women abuse reported over the past three months.

“Sa atoa sa PNP, continue ra gihapon ang atong information dissemination abot sa barangays. Mao na siya usa sa atong mandate: awareness through radio programs nato then last year nag-create ta ug advocacy support group. Gi-involve nato ang kababaihan para maapil nato sa atong mga endeavors sa PNP. Mao gud sila sa nakatabang nga niubos ang atong crime volume (On the part of PNP, we continuously conduct information dissemination in the barangay level. One of our mandates is to create awareness through conduct of radio programs. Also, we created an advocacy support group where we involved women. We included them so that they can also participate in our endeavors. This is the reason why our crime volume decreased),” Mira said. (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental) 

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Roi Anthoni Lomotan


Region 7

Roi Anthoni Lomotan is an Information Officer at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - 7. He is currently based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. His job at PIA includes covering general beat assignments and other important events in the province.

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