The Iloilo City government, through the City Population Office and Gender and Development Team, recently revealed this year’s Outstanding Women of Iloilo City.
The program, which is conducted in line with National Women’s Month, an observance celebrated throughout March, recognizes exceptional women in several categories.
This year’s recipients are Dr. Hilda Montaño for Academe, Maridan Nava-Sollesta for Business, Regine Amparo Espinosa – Culture and Arts, Lourdes Villa – Government Services, Judge Meliza Joan Berano-Robite – Judiciary or Legal Services; Engr. Charmaigne Luz dela Gente-Jamandre – Math, Science and Technology, Joyce Ann Clavecillas – Media, Dr. Marie Faith Barroquillo-Villaruz – Medical Services, Katchry Golbin – Persons with Disability, Maria Amihan Panes – Professional Services, Senior Jail Officer 2 Jovelyn Valencia – Protective Service, Atty. Alma Natividad – Religious Services, Cindy Abegail Monte – Sports, and former Judge Amelita Del Rosario-Benedicto – Volunteerism and Community Services.
“The Iloilo City government recognizes that women are instruments not only for nurturing our children, but also for fostering peace, bringing change, and long-term development to our society,” said Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III.
Eligible candidates include any woman who has made a major impact or contribution to Iloilo City, and brought pride and honor to the city. They must also be a member or officer of an organization or a person who has made significant accomplishments in a particular field that has positively contributed to the status of women.
The awarding ceremony will take place at Robinsons Place Iloilo on March 22./WDJ