Women leaders in the province attend the Palawan Women Leaders Forum on August 14, 2019, hosted by the WESCOM in partnership with the provincial government, the DILG, the PNP, and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. (Photo courtesy of WESCOM Public Affairs Office)

The Western Command (WESCOM) in partnership with the provincial welfare office, the police, and the interior and local government office in Palawan hosted a women leaders’ forum recently where they signed a manifesto to support community value-shaping activities and denounce violence.

WESCOM spokesperson Lt. Col. Stephen Penetrante said Monday that the forum was held on August 14, gathering women leaders in the province to discuss how they can help in promoting peace and development in their respective communities.

The activity was in partnership with the PNP, the provincial office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of the Palawan government.

Penetrante said the manifesto they signed was a commitment to express unity for peace and to denounce “to the fullest extent the violence and deception of the communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in their recruitment and exploitation”.

“Western Command will always support our women leaders in promoting peace and development in our province. As community leaders, they shape the values of the community members. Together we will make a change for the betterment of everyone,” he said.

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