Lady shooters break gender stereotypes in celebration of Women’s Month

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – Seventy-four (74) lady shooters braved the LEYSA Firing Range in a pistol competition held last March 19 to celebrate this year’s women’s month. The event, Girls Into Guns FunShoot, was aimed at promoting women empowerment through engagement with appropriate institutions and at inspiring women to be agents of change.

The competition was exclusively open to women who were equipped with knowledge on gun safety and range etiquette. Contenders comprised of 64 lawwomen from various police stations and units across the region and 10 lady civilians from different sectors.
“This is an event that recognizes the fact that there is no such gender divide in terms of our abilities and in what we can do as human beings,” said NAPOLCOM Regional Director, Atty. Johnson Reyes, during his opening message.

Hon. Lovell Anne Yu, incumbent mayor of Alangalang Municipality, Leyte, graced the event as guest of honor and speaker. In her message, she declared that, “This funshoot…is a manifestation of the fighting spirit imbedded in every woman born in different generation[s], fighting for recognition and equal opportunity with our male counterparts”.

“This is a good form of sport. Shooting is not only for men, it’s also for women. We can invite more gun enthusiasts to join this activity”, said Ms. Verna Chan, one of the shooters for the civilian category who daringly conquered the five-stage shootfest.

The coveted titles of champion were awarded to PCpl. Joann Engay of Samar Police Provincial Office (lawwomen category) and Ms. Jessa Jaud of the private sector (civilian category). Special awards were conferred to PCapt Shenna S Layog (La Paz Municipal Police Station) and PCpl Maribel Parado (Ormoc City Police Office).