March is International Women’s Month, and on Sunday, March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day.
We cannot quantify the contributions of Filipinas in the political, social and economic growth of the Philippines. This month-long celebration therefore underscores the recognition our country places to women in the family, community and nation.
The Duterte Administration has made significant strides to empower our women. Some of these are giving them more financial, health and medical benefits or assistance, better work opportunities and improved working conditions. These changes are designed not only to promote the welfare of women but likewise to fill the gaps in upholding gender equality.
There are, however, changes that still need to be implemented to further empower the Filipinas of today, as well as to encourage an environment where substantive equality thrives. Hence, we urge each one to help one another to motivate Filipinas in reaching their full potential, especially in nation-building. This government will continue its advocacy for women’s rights and women empowerment.
Mabuhay ang mga kababaihan!
Salvador S. Panelo
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
& Presidential Spokesperson