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Valencia City Spearheads Awards Night for Women

To recognize and highlight women’s key roles in the city who passionately led to improve women’s advocacies in the society, the City Government of Valencia through the City Social Welfare and Development Office spearhead the Awards Night for Women- this year’s highlight activity for Women’s Month Celebration on March 22, 2016 at CAP Auditorium, Valencia City.

The Local Chief Executive Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, a woman and an epitome of courage and strength, aims to pay tribute to all women leaders in all fields of endeavor and acknowledge their key roles and accomplishments in management, governance, power and decision-making to influence and break the conservative mindset and belief that politics and leadership are not for women.

During the program, City Councilor Hon. Helen T. Bernal, the only lady councilor and the Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Children emphasized the importance of women in our society.

“I am encouraging all women to always stay active and be proud on what you achieved,” Bernal said adding that women should always empower themselves as they serve a big role in the society.

City Councilor Hon. Camillo E. Pepito also gave message to the participants and stressed that man should always love and respect women.

“It is a man’s job to respect women and it is essential that we should love them as we love ourselves,” Pepito said.

Pepito also acknowledged the great things that women contributed in the affairs of community.

“Like our city mayor, we have great women leaders in the community that contributed a lot of things for the welfare of our people,” Pepito added.

City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas was grateful for the success of the event and encouraged the awardees to continue inspire others and to always acknowledge their role as women in nation building.

According to Mayor Huervas, March is Women’s Month and the city government will always find ways in acknowledging the roles and advocacies of women in the society.

Mayor Huervas also encouraged every woman to empower themselves and pledge to give more programs that will improve women’s advocacies in the society.

Moreover, Ms. Ma. Socorro Ester R. Paluga, General Manager of Valencia City Water District, extend her gratitude to the local government in behalf of the awardees for choosing and giving them such recognition.

“Being one among the 61 highly respected women in this community is an honor and a privilege. To the once young awardees- their exceptional contribution in different sectors changes the landscape of our beloved city, a mark that the younger generation will always be indebted to. Hence, they definitely deserved this accolade. Indeed, this ceremony bridges generation and transcends religion, age and gender. And for the young ones, this award speaks of a singular yet an enormous responsibility to our community,” Paluga said hoping that the local government will continue to empower women and to always go forward.

A total of 61 awardees from the different sectors of community in the city were recognized during the event.