Lauded for their indomitable spirit of service amid the COVID-19 crisis, 3 women frontliners, each representing a sector, were awarded as this year’s Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) and LGU-Tacurong, December 15, 2021, at Angel’s Food and Palomado Speech Complex.
From the group of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), Amie G. Malinao of Brgy. Buenaflor emerged as one of the Frontliner Women Achievers, commended on how she balanced her day-to-day duties from being a wife to being a mother of 7 offspring to rendering volunteer work as a BPAT in their barangay especially during the pandemic.
Lily L. Porcal, a Daycare Worker from Upper Katungal was also acknowledged for the distinction of having served as a teacher for 33 years. Lily, at 70 years old, still managed to bring fun and educational activities to her pupils.
Completing the set of awardees, a Barangay Health Worker (BHW) from New Isabela, Eillien A. Cordova, was also honored. Despite being an elder at risk of COVID, Lily braved the dangers of the virus just to deliver her duties as BHW.
Each of the 3 Women Achievers took home a Plaque of Recognition, 10 thousand cash, one 25-kilo sack of rice, a bouquet, and a cake.
To further applaud the winners, as well as the other women in the venue, City Councilor Lina O. Montilla articulated her message of uplifting her fellows.
Councilor Lina recalled her first time running for the mayoralty post in 2010 and being one of 3 female candidates that time, her dissenters critically persuade the masses to not vote for her because “she is a woman” – a belief Councilor Lina strongly disagreed with.
According to her, the weight of one’s capability is not determined by gender.
11 years later, Lina completed her 3 terms as a mayor and is now back as a councilor.
Moreover, City Vice Mayor Lalaine J. Montilla also stressed that other than the women owning their womanhood and the strength that comes with it, the success of each endeavor also lies with the unity that they can harness together.
This is the third time the LGU and CTCDW have recognized Women Achievers in Tacurong on different occasions – the first one being in December 2020 for the marginalized women and the second instance was last March 2021 for the Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge. (DECostas, LGU-TacInformation)