Shedding light to the triumphant stories of marginalized women, four (4) ladies of various vocations were hailed as Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) for their remarkable contribution to their families and communities, December 7, 2020.

After a thorough screening done by the CTCDW to thirteen (13) nominees from four categories, the women who emerged as most deserving of the recognition were: Merlina Caspillo, a volunteer worker; Sonia Libres, a housemaid; Melejenda Portuito, a farmer; and Jocelyn Libo-on, a Person with Disability (PWD).

Their challenges in life didn’t set them back from reaching greater heights. Through their dedication and perseverance, the four awardees manifested better lives. Now, most of their children are established professionals such as seafarers, teachers and police officers.

“These days, we are able to eat right or even more than enough, unlike before,” Sonia Libres told the audience through a video presentation.

Out of the four winners, Jocelyn Libo-on was the only remaining single lady. Libo-on had her right eye visually impaired in an accident, making her a PWD but even so, her time and effort were devoted towards the community and fellow PWDs as a president of the Women with Disability Federation.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla congratulated the achievers and further acknowledged the significant roles of women in the society and in their family especially as wives to their partners. In his message, he underlined that the women achievers’ success stories should set a precedent to other women to pursue and achieve greatness barring the gender prejudices.

Also present in the awarding ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center were City Councilor David Salazar, City First Lady Cora Montilla, CTCDW Chaiperson Janet Collado and Vice Chairperson Susie Daza, and the representatives of the academe and other organizations.

The four winners each received Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) cash prize, one sack of rice, a plaque of recognition, and a bouquet of flowers.

The Tacurong Women Achievers award was a nod to the National Women’s Month last March 2020 aiming the continuous empowerment of women as catalysts of change and active contributors in the society. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)