MESSAGE OF THE HONORABLE PRESIDING JUSTICE AMPARO M. CABOTAJE-TANG FOR WOMEN’S MONTH 2018

Greetings to all!

Time really flies fast. We already find ourselves in the midst of March. Again, our Court is gearing up for its annual celebration of Women’s Month with the trademark passion and zeal of the Sandiganbayan employees.

As you will recall, for the years 2017 to 2022, the theme for Women’s Month is "We make Change Work for Women." According to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), this theme highlights the empowerment of women and is anchored on the commitment of "Malasakit at Pagbabago" or True Compassion and Real Change.

We should all be very proud to be part of this Court as we serve as a paragon of gender equality in the Government. By our latest data, we are composed of two hundred (200) female employees out of a total four hundred five employees (405), an almost equal parity.

The statistics for women empowerment are even more impressive. Four (4)1 out of our seven (7) administrative division heads are women. Three (3) out of our seven (7) Division Chairpersons are women. Five (5) out of our seven (7) division Clerks of Court are women. Our Executive Clerk of Court IV, the highest administrative position in our Court, is occupied by a lady in the person of Atty. Ma. Teresa S. Pabulayan. Among our Justices, seven (7) out of eighteen (18) are lady magistrates, and, hopefully, more to come.

These figures serve to illustrate how progressive and gender-fair our Court has become. Let us continue to strive to uplift our women and allow them to contribute and benefit from our nation’s progress.

Thank you and Happy Women’s Month! Mabuhay ang Sandiganbayan!

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1 Atty. Ritchelle Desingaño-Yrañela is currently the Acting Chief Judicial Staff Officer of the Administrative Division.

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