Like any other place on the planet, Baguio City participated in the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.  Various activities were lined up, one of these is a program meant to highlight the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) of the City.

The awarding of the OWLs paved way for four (4) distinct women who made significant contributions to the society.  Misses Rosalia Ocyaden and Brenda Cariño, both principals from local high schools, led this year’s awardees.  They were recognized together with Ms. Raquel Verzosa from the hospitality sector and Ms. Dinah Dumayas for financial literacy.  These leaders were products of a rigorous process and were subjected to rigid scrutiny from previous OWL winners.

Councilor Lilia Fariñas, head of the Committee on Women, stressed the audience to pursue mission for the benefit of women.  She further stated that the endeavors of women have provided inspiration and fearless motivation.

“The hands that rock the cradle, rule the world”, this borrowed quote from William Ross Wallace concluded the talk of City Mayor Mauricio Domogan who also claimed that women are game changers for there is no limit to what they can do.

In acknowledging women’s plights, Baguio City Representative Mark Go cited the rationale of the 105 days Expanded Maternity Leave. He stated that the International Labor Organization mandates a 98-day maternity leave but their group in the lower house added the seven days as transition period from the mother to the seven day paternity leave.  He ended the program with Theodore Hesburgh’s quote, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”.