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‘Thank you for respecting women in your ranks’, Siaton says as PNP-PRO 7 kicks off Women’s Month

Cebu City, Philippines. “Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love. And I think the entire police force has demonstrated just that, when they created an avenue that honored and celebrated the contributions and achievements of all performing women in their ranks.”

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton thanked the police force for respecting their “Juanas” and for making them a significant part of their agency, when she delivered her message last Monday as the Guest of Honor and Speaker at the Women’s Month 2021 Kick-Off Ceremonies of the Philippine National Police-Police Regional Office No. & (PNP-PRO 7).

“The modern Juanas have taken so many roles on so many levels. And contemplating on the various roles they’ve portrayed, I can say that the role of women has significantly revolutionized for it is no longer being swamped by waves and after waves of stereotypes,” said Director Siaton.

The DOLE Director, who met PNP-PRO 7 Regional Director PBGEN. Ronnie S. Montejo for the first time, underscored and gushed over the grand recognition that the institution demonstrated for all its Juanas during the ceremonies held at the PRO 7, Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., Cebu City.

Reconciling the gesture to the involvement and significant contributions of so many great women in the different fields of work and disciplines, she said she felt confident that society will continue to learn, recognize and appreciate women, in a deeper sense, as engines of growth and fruitful action.

“With this realization and again the concept of women empowerment not only getting better understanding and appreciation but also deeply gaining grounds, women are now given a bigger platform to contribute to and benefit from so-called development and changes in the society,” she added.

Director Siaton, together with the rest of the PNP PRO-7 Key Officials, chanced to personally hand the awards to the institution’s Outstanding Police Women and Non-uniformed Personnel.

Also highlighting the event was the showcase of the agency’s dance group and a combat demonstration by the women in uniform of PRO-7 under the Regional Mobile Force Battalion Group.

Lauding the efforts that the awardees must have valiantly demonstrated even in the midst of the pandemic, the DOLE Regional Head equated them to the country’s heroines, who made meaningful contributions in the society and in the country as a whole, thereby changing Philippine history.

According to her, these women, then and now, truly lived up to this year’s thematic caption, “We Make Change Work for Women - Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!” She added that such brings to mind a call to action that means functional mechanisms that cater to women and gender-based needs of women especially in this time of the pandemic.

Set in the COVID-19 pandemic backdrop, this year’s campaign is different from the previous ones as Director Siaton observed women’s active participation in battling the pandemic getting notable and visible. “Women are there. They are present. They are everywhere. And they thrived despite the extremely appalling and uncertain circumstances,” she continued.

Affording women with enough support systems and institutionalized programs that address their issues and concerns as they help keep families, communities and the nation afloat amidst the pandemic remains a big challenge, she added.

“I just hope that each and every agency and institution, DOLE-7 included, would continue putting greater emphasis on the efforts exerted in preventing gender-biased and gender-based violence and endeavor to closely work together, discuss and address the issues that women continue facing today, until women empowerment in its truest sense, can be fully achieved,” the Regional Director pointed out.

Accolading the valiant women of PNP PRO-7, she thanked them for making “women” a lot more than just tokens for female representation and for making it known to the world that women do not deserve to be left behind.

“As a woman-leader of another agency, who witnessed some fellows being given that kind of respect and tribute this National Women’s Month celebration, I felt honored and happy. Once again, to the key officials of PNP PRO-7, thank you for making me a part of such a beautiful gathering, which amplifies it to the world that women do deserve to contribute to and benefit from so-called development and changes and that they have the right to take a very significant part in the creation of things and ideas that truly matter in society,” Director Siaton finally quipped.





For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at






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