MANILA - Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) chair Rhodora Bucoy has resigned from her post, the agency confirmed Wednesday.
Bucoy, who was appointed by Duterte in Oct. 2016 to lead the agency tasked to advocate on gender equality and women empowerment, tendered her resignation on Tuesday, the agency added.
In a statement released through Facebook, the PCW also denied claims that Bucoy was fired by the President.
"As of this writing, we have yet to receive any appointment papers of a new Chairperson from the Office of the President," it said.
"Moreover, the PCW did not release any media advisory on such replacement and the resignation of 3 commissioners," it added.
PCW Commissioner for Media and Arts Noreen Capili also resigned from her post.
She said "recent developments have made it increasingly apparent that my principles and personal stand on key issues run counter to those of my principals."
"As the sectoral representative for Media and the Arts, I believe in protecting the rights, freedom and well-being of those in the media. I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly," she said in a statement.
In a Facebook post, Capili said she is calling for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, which was forced off the air on May 5 by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after its original 25-year franchise was left to expire despite a long-pending renewal application at the House of Representatives.
GENDER, DEVELOPMENT EXPERT
Bucoy is a retired associate professor of political science and gender studies at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu.
She also served as PCW commissioner representing the academe from Aug. 2013 to June 2016. She pushed for the concerns of indigenous women and the introduction of a gender-fair curriculum into the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
She also helped establish in 2003 the Sidlak Gender Resource Center in Central Visayas, which spearheads training programs on gender and development.
Her efforts in human rights and women's advocacy earned her accolades like the Human Rights Defender's; the Justice German Lee Awards on Transformative Leadership; and the Tatak UP Alumni Award for Outstanding Public Service in Women Empowerment.
Bucoy is also the vice president of the United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Cebu, and a member of the Regional Development Council Sub-Committee on Gender and Development.
In Nov. 2019, Bucoy was elected to lead the review of a United Nations resolution advancing women's rights.
She was chosen to lead the drafting of an outcome document to be adopted at a gathering of Asia-Pacific ministers, United Nations officials and civil society organizations in Bangkok seeking to review progress in implementing a UN resolution advancing women’s rights.