THE Iloilo City Government, through the City Population Office and Gender and Development Team, has chosen this year’s The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City (TOWIL) awardees.
The 14 exemplary Ilonggo women are:
- Dr. Hilda Montaño for Academe;
- Maridan Nava-Sollesta for Business;
- Regine Amparo Espinosa for Culture and Arts;
- Lourdes Villa for Government Services;
- Judge Meliza Joan Berano-Robite for Judiciary or Legal Services;
- Engr. Charmaigne Luz dela Gente-Jamandre for Math, Science and Technology;
- Joyce Ann Clavecillas for Media;
- Dr. Marie Faith Barroquillo-Villaruz for Medical Services;
- Katchry Golbin for Persons with Disability;
- Maria Amihan Panes for Professional Services;
- SJO2 Jovelyn Valencia for Protective Service;
- Atty. Alma Natividad for Religious Services;
- Cindy Abegail Monte for Sports; and
- former Judge Amelita Del Rosario-Benedicto for 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,” Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III said.
TOWIL is a yearly event by the Iloilo City Government which aims to recognize women from Iloilo City who have made a significant contribution in their respective fields.
“We are now on the 11th year of TOWIL and aside from the fact that being an awardee gives you high morale as a person, most of these women pay it forward and return their services to Iloilo City Government,” said City Population Officer Mary Ann Ramos.
A screening committee composed of Atty. Mary Joan Montaño-Pallada (chair), Atty. Ricaflor Obsequio, Ma. Cristina Octavio, Leo Elevencione, and Dr. Suzette Leal as members chose the awardees.
The awarding ceremony will be on March 22 at Robinson’s Place Iloilo. (Iloilo City PIO)