By Genalyn Kabiling
In observation of National Women’s Month, the government has renewed its commitment to protect the Filipino woman’s dignity and uphold women’s rights.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government recognizes the contributions of women not only at home but also in nation-building.
“We celebrate the accomplishments of Filipino women and honor their contributions in the home, in the workplace, in the community and in nation-building,” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.
“As Women’s Month commences, the government underscores the commitment to protect the Filipino woman’s dignity, upholding women’s rights and giving the women the recognition they properly deserve not only as ‘ilaw ng tahanan’ but ‘haligi’ as well,” he added.
Roque’s remarks came after human rights groups slammed President Duterte for his recent misogynist statements against women.
The President recently advocated shooting female communist rebels in the vagina but defended that it was just sarcasm. He explained that he wanted to insult these rebels who abandon their children to join the New People’s Army.
Roque insisted that the President’s statement should not be taken literally, saying he was just annoyed at the rebels who leave their children behind.
Asked if the President could be advised against issuing crude remarks against women, Roque said: “I will advise him as you recommended.”
As part of advancing women’s rights, Roque said the government is pushing for the passage of a bill increasing funds for health services including maternal health.
Under House Bill No. 4757, Roque said at least 12 percent of annual internal revenue allotments be allotted for local health programs, including maternal healthcare.
“Our goal is to create the Philippines that puts forward the Philippine women as an equal partner in nation-building. Inclusive development can only be realized with equality and genuine collaboration between men and women,” he said.