The RCMB-CAR witnessed the recognition of the eight (8) Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) in the City of Baguio, during the celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016.

These OWL were recognized for their invaluable performance in the different fields in social services. Teodora D. Balangcod shines in the field of Natural Products Research, Julie T. Corpuz in Community Service, Sonia A. Daoas, in Education, and Josephine A. Flores, in Arts and Culture.

Maria Christine Ponce Garcia also excels in Socio-Civic Involvement, Angelita B. Gayados, in Cooperatives, Purita P. Malabato, in Urban Backyard Gardening, and Jennifer A. Mejia, in Industrial Security.

In the inspirational message of Councilor Lourdes P. Tabanda, the only woman councilor in the city, she stressed that women must be empowered to achieve their goals.

She encouraged every woman to achieve a gender balance in leadership roles, not only in the government but also in the private sector. “We have to include women issues in the agenda of governance. We have to endeavour to make every Juana, a unique person by developing our skills, talents, and attitude. With these we will develop confidence and sense of self-will. Let’s aim to become decision makers, to be partners in development and to be equal to men”, she added.

Baguio City Mayor Domogan also encouraged and challenged all the women participants to achieve further and be the next Outstanding Woman Leader in the City of Baguio.

The search for OWL is a yearly activity of the city in celebration of the women’s month. It was jointly organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Civil Service Commission and the City of Baguio.

By Maggie B. Balagtey