Seventeen outstanding women-members of OFW Family Circles (OFCs) all over the country were honored by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Wednesday which also marked the International Women’s Day celebration.

The awardees each received a “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” plaque from Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.

In his message during the awarding ceremonies at the Philippine International Convention Center, Bello said that Filipino women in this generation deserves to be recognized and commended for their incomparable dedication to their craft and unwavering hard work.

“The labor department commends these outstanding Filipinas, as well as the untiring overseas Filipino workers for their enormous determination and devotion in the pursuit of women empowerment,” Bello said.

Around 300 women achievers, composed of overseas Filipino workers, members of the OFW Family circles, and Filipinas from all regions of the country attended the awarding ceremony which aims to recognize Filipino women’s exemplary works and achievements locally and internationally.

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that the nominees for the awards were chosen by their regional offices’ screening team based on their active involvement in the OFW Family circle; advocacy for women empowerment, commitment to welfare and development; participation on issues, concerns, and community projects; capacity to inspire others, innovativeness, leadership, and strong support to women issues, such as health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, and gender equality.

Three women achievers—Myrna Y. Padilla, president of OFW Watch and founder and CEO of Mynd Consulting; Fe S. Lao, organic farming entrepreneur; and Cecilia Santos-Jocson, teacher and owner of Sweet Treats—shared their experiences and success stories during the awarding ceremony.

Santos, a former OFW, urged the womenfolk to believe in their dreams; pray and work hard, as well as to love their work, and never give up when the going gets tough. “Obstacles will enable us to attain success,” she said.

Bello and Cacdac awarded plaques of recognition to Myna Garcia from CAR; Ernita Santos, NCR; Edna Valdez, RWO; Jocelyn Danao, RWO II; Priscilla Cruz, RWO III; Marilyn Ligot, RWO IV-A; Edna Madrigal, RWO IV-B; Lolita Tadeo, RWO V; and Alicia Refor from RWO VI.

DOLE and OWWA have also recognized the achievements of Marcelina Catillon, RWO VII; Ma. Melba Esquibel, RWO VIII; Bernadette Sedillo, RWO IX; Flor Victoriano, RWO X; Carmelita Ancheta, RWO XI; Precilla Panzo, RWO XII; and Tahanie Mohammad Dalmaob from ARMM.

#Paul Ang

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