On the 9th day of May 2023, the Police Regional Office 7 launched a noble project dubbed “Panginabuhian Alang sa Kababayen-an” or “Livelihood for Women”. This was initiated by its Regional Director, PBGen Anthony A Aberin, its celebration held at the PRO7 Multi-Purpose Hall in Camp Sergio Osmeña, Sr., Cebu City.
The livelihood program is widely implemented throughout Region 7, with the specific purpose of empowering women and providing them with livelihood opportunities and appropriate trainings that will help them become financially independent. The importance of this program cannot be overstated, especially in a country where gender inequality is still prevalent.
In his remarks, PBGen Aberin said PRO7 recognizes the significant role that women play in nation-building, thus, the launching of the said project had a profound impact on the lives of women in the Central Visayas communities.
“By collaborating together, we can create a more promising future, not only for the women in our region but for others, to set as a model for the rest of the police regional offices throughout the country”.
One of the highlights during the program was the ceremonial turnover of the livelihood equipment which will help the recipients to earn a living, and also give them the skills and confidence they need to succeed. This turnover was graced by Mrs. Melinda E. Aberin, together with Police Colonel Emelie D Santos, Chief Regional Community Affairs and Development Group 7 (RCCAD7); the Police Regional Office 7 Command Group, Regional Staff, and members of Community Affairs and Development Units and the Regional Police Community Affairs and Development Unit 7 (RPCADU7).
By providing women with livelihood opportunities and appropriate training, PRO7’s livelihood program can surely help address inequalities and promote gender equality in the region. The program also recognizes the critical role that women play in society, and seeks to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society where women can thrive and achieve their full potentials in all aspects of their lives, and strive to create a comprehensive and productive experience, equipping them with necessary tools, knowledge, and support to succeed.
In addition to its importance for women, the program’s end product in society is also significant. By helping women become financially independent, the program can reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of families and communities. When women have access to income and resources, they are more likely to invest in the health, education, and well-being of their families, creating a positive impact on the entire community. The program also recognizes that women in the region face unique challenges and barriers to economic empowerment, such as limited access to capital, market, and relevant training. To address these challenges, PRO7 has partnered with various organizations, agencies and other stakeholders to provide targeted support to women entrepreneurs, including training in financial management, marketing, and product development.
The Police Regional Office 7 believes in the potential of women. It will continue to invest in their success, recognizing their contributions in society not only in matters of fairness and equity, but also in creating a more inclusive and diverse society. By acknowledging the value and importance of women’s roles, we can create more opportunities for women to excel, wherein society can benefit from their talents and expertise.
PRO7’s “Panginabuhian Alang sa Kababayen-an” program is a critical step towards promoting gender equality and empowering women in the region. By providing women with the tools and resources they need to succeed, the program can help break the barriers that hold them back and enable them to become agents of change in their families, communities, and even beyond.