2015OutstandingWomen

For her significant contribution in making a barren and denuded area into a productive one, Opol Rural Woman Abad (4th from L) from Misamis Oriental garnered fifth place in the Search for Outstanding Rural Women throughout the country by the DA.

 

Ms. Lourdes “Lulu” Abad, 55 years old from Awang, Opol, Misamis Oriental won the fifth place award during the recently conducted Search for Outstanding Rural Women in the country for 2015.  The six finalists were honored by the Department of Agriculture (DA) at the Philippine International Civic Center (PICC), Pasay City.

DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Chairperson, DA-Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stressed that “women play a crucial role in attaining food security and food sufficiency in the country.   In the field of agriculture, 50% of the work is delivered by the women.”

 “In order to help the rural women, the DA is improving its programs and projects and activities that enable rural women to have equitable access to services that will improve their productivity and increase their income.  Economic empowerment is a basic step and vital element to fully empower women in agriculture,” Undersecretary Romulo Puyal added.

The top awardees in the recently conducted search include Luzviminda “Luz” Oropesa of Baras, Catanduanes; Nelly S. Arangali of Kinamlutan, Butuan City, Caraga; Annie M. Bajade of Tantangan, South Cotabato and Jesusa Rarangal of San Mateo, Isabela  who ranked first, second,  third  and fourth  place, respectively.   They received a cash prize of Php 100,000.00; Php 75,000.00; Php 50,000 and Php 30,000.00, respectively.

On the other hand, women achiever Cresencia M. Tuiza of Calamba, Laguna and Abad won fifth place where each received a cash prize of Php 20,000.00.  Each awardee also received a plaque of recognition and a bouquet of fresh flowers. # (MGBSta.Elena)

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