CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division ceremonially started it’s 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) during the flag raising ceremony here Monday, November 25, 2019.
Based on the Republic Act 10398 of 2013, November 25 is declared as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) in support of the Worldwide Campaign to End VAW.
This year’s campaign, themed “VAW-free community starts with Me”, will continue to emphasize the role of individuals in combatting violence against women and girls within various institutions including the command.
In support to the campaign, the command organized the Men Oppose to VAW Everywhere (MOVE). MOVE was originally organized in the year 2006 by the Philippine Commission on Women.
MOVE members vowed and committed themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW. Command’s MOVE members were Deputies of the General, Technical and Special Staff; Deputy Brigade Commanders and Executive Officers of the Brigades and Battalions of line units.
During the activity, Col. Benjamin G. Batara Jr., Chief of Staff, 1ID, read the message of the Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army. While Brig. Gen. Bagnus P. Gaerlan Jr., Acting Division Commander, read the message of the Secretary of National Defense, Hon. Delfin N. Lorenzana.
Committee meeting was immediately conducted in order to review and determine the level of implementation of Gender and Development programs, activities and projects.
Brig. Gen. Gaerlan, together with the MOVE members, also signed the Commitment Wall as an assurance and testament of their support to end violence against women.