PRRI Conference Room || December 12, 2023

In a resounding demonstration of its commitment to social responsibility and gender equality, the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rubber Research Institute (DA-PRRI) joined forces to actively combat Violence Against Women (VAW). On December 12, 2023, the institute hosted a significant event in the DA-PRRI Conference Room, rallying its members in a collective effort to raise awareness and eradicate the persistent issue of violence against women.

The program commenced with a solemn prayer led by Mr. Julius Biolango, setting a contemplative tone for the gathering. Following the prayer, Engr. Evangeline Garcia, the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person, took the stage to provide a comprehensive explanation of what constitutes violence against women. Engr. Garcia’s insights served as a crucial foundation for the audience, fostering a deeper understanding of the issue at hand.

A significant highlight of the program was the inspirational talk by Executive Director, Dr. Cheryl Eusala, a woman herself. Director Eusala shared her profound perspectives on violence against women, emphasizing that the fight against such violence is not an exclusive responsibility of women but a collective endeavor that involves everyone, including men. Her compelling speech underscored the importance of dismantling societal stereotypes and fostering an environment where everyone is actively engaged in putting an end to violence.

The program also featured a poignant 4-minute video presentation that traced the evolution of the Violence Against Women movement through the years. The video depicted the progress made in raising awareness, challenging stereotypes, and encouraging survivors to speak out against their perpetrators. This visual journey served as a reminder of the collective responsibility society bears in eradicating violence against women.

The event concluded with a thoughtful address from Mr. Glenn Carl Andalahao, the Admin and Finance Officer-in-Charge. Mr. Andalahao reiterated PRRI’s commitment to supporting initiatives that promote gender equality and denounced all forms of violence against women. His closing remarks emphasized the institute’s dedication to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all its members.

Throughout the event, a powerful symbol of solidarity was evident as most PRRI staff adorned themselves in orange—the official color of the Violence Against Women Campaign. This visual representation reinforced the institute’s commitment to raising awareness and standing against gender-based violence.

PRRI’s active participation in the Violence Against Women Campaign celebration, led by its female Director, Dr. Cheryl Lazaga Eusala underscores the institute’s dedication to social responsibility and gender equality. By taking a stand against violence, PRRI sets an inspiring example for other organizations, emphasizing the importance of collective action in creating a society free from the shackles of gender-based violence.

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