COA’s men MOVE against gender-based violence

Published: 22 June 2023


(from right) Commission on Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico, Director Michael R. Bacani, Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano and Department of Social Welfare and Development Director Ricky A. Bunao together with the men of the COA show the stop sign hand gesture as support to end gender-based violence during the nationwide launch and membership campaign drive of the MOVE COA Chapter.

The Commission on Audit’s (COA) continuous efforts and dedication to supporting the government’s campaign of opposing gender-based violence led to the nationwide launch and membership campaign drive of the Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) COA Chapter held recently at the COA Professional and Institutional Development Sector Auditorium and simultaneously at other COA Regional Offices.

The event marked a momentous occasion in the Commission’s commitment to creating violence-free homes, workplaces, and communities. The acronym “COAMOVE” also stands for Complete dedication, Open-mindedness, Altruism, Moral probity, Optimism, Volunteerism, and Equality. These are the foundations and core values of the gentlemen of COA MOVE Chapter.

In his inspirational message, Commissioner Mario G. Lipana acknowledged the significant progress made by the Commission in promoting gender equality and development while emphasizing the continuous need for improvement of policies and personnel capacity to further achieve an inclusive society. Commissioner Lipana also expressed his appreciation for the establishment of the MOVE COA Chapter and its role in championing gender equality and inclusivity.

“Rest assured that the MOVE has the full support of the Commission Proper, that we are your partner in the implementation of your plans ahead,” Commissioner Lipana promised.

Similarly, Director Ricky A. Bunao of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and a past president of the national MOVE enlightened the participants about MOVE as an organization and the crucial role COA plays in the fight against gender-based violence. Director Bunao’s insights provided a broader perspective and reinforced the significance of the MOVE COA Chapter’s mission.

Meanwhile, COA MOVE Chapter National President Assistant Commissioner Alexander Juliano highlighted the organization’s Vision, Mission as well as its core values. Assistant Commissioner Juliano emphasized the significance of taking proactive measures to engage the men in COA in championing programs and projects to achieve the organization’s goal. .”Our Vision is to forge a pact of principled and committed gentlemen within the Commission on Audit, serving as advocates and prime movers in achieving violence-free homes, workplaces, and communities,” he said.

The program concluded with a pledge of membership led by Director Bresilo R. Sabaldan. Attendees solemnly vowed to be firm advocates and partners to eliminate gender-based violence and to never commit, condone, or remain silent about gender-based violence. #