Breakthrough Experiences of Women in Politics and Governance
The Bayi Citation was conferred by the Institute of Politics and Governance (IPG) and the Barangay -Bayan Governance Consortium (BBGC) to 20 exemplary women in politics and governance. On the 30th of April 2009, the 3rd bayi Citation is again conferred to 12 women leaders for their breakthrough experiences in participatory good governance and politics. Special Bayi Citation to this day have been awarded to remarkable practices of three groups of women, four men and a TV station. These are:
Former PCGG Chairperson Haydee Yorac
Akbayan Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales
Former DBM Sec. Emilia Boncodin
Gov. Grace Padaca
Vice-Gov. Mimietta Bagulaya
Vice-Mayor Marlene Magayanes
Councilor Doris Obena
Francisca “Ka Iska” Morada
Ms. Angelina Ludovic-Katoh
Ms. Mercedita “Emako” Naldoza
Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto
Mayor Myrna Schreurs
Mayor Erlinda Palloc-Cinco
Councilor Merlina Lopez
Engr. Irene Bringas
Dr. Amarylis Ng-Abcede
Luisita Zarsadias Esmao
Former Pres. Corazon C. Aquino
CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima
Dr. Sylvia “Guy” Estrada Claudio
Sr. Mary John Mananzan
Zenaida Brigida Hamada Pawid
Mayor Ma. Lourdes Fernando
Dr. La Rainne Abad-Sarmiento
Punong Barangay Nida Cabrera
Ana Maria “Gwen” Ngolaban
Special Bayi Citation
Women of Newsbreak
Women of Task Force Mapalad
Women of Subic Bay Rape Case
QCPD Dir. Gen. Magtanggol Gatdula
Former Sen. Juan Flavier
Punong Barangay Raulito Datiles
The rich stories, practices and experiences of all the Bayi Citation awardees impart innovative strategies, knowledge and practices to women that the IPG and its network, the Barangay Governance Consortium are training and supporting to become transformative political leaders.
The breakthrough experiences in gender planning and budgeting, participatory development planning and budgeting, strengthening and reinvention of participatory structures like the local councils and local special bodies, and delivery of village and municipal/city services that respond to the needs of women and men are constructive inputs to initiatives for gender fair and responsive, participatory governance.
The breakthroughs in enacting model legislations that redefines roles and rules of local and national government institutions as well as transfers of resources from national to local contribute to weakening loyalty based politics and thereby promoting standard performance in governance.
The breakthrough victories in elections of community-based and social movements-based leaders, and the reforms they bring into governance and politics are building blocks to transforming gender-biased political culture, structures and institutions. They demonstrate that exclusive democracy of the elite is not permanent and that the communities of the people can overturn and transform it into an inclusive democracy of equality.
Women of The Bayi Citation and all the excluded women and men, poor working people, peasants and indigenous peoples can build transformative political leadership and cause the institution of a democracy that truly improves their lives.
This program is made possible by the following organizations: One World Action, Friedrich Evert Stiftung, Institute of Politics and Governance and Barangay-Bayan Governance Consortium.
Reference: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Second Front Page, A2, Tuesday, April 28, 2009.