The 3rd Bayi Citation for Gender and Democracy

imgp1262Breakthrough 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

Conchita Masin

Luisita Zarsadias Esmao

Bayang Barrios


Former Pres. Corazon C. Aquino

CHR Chairperson Leila De Lima

Dr. Sylvia “Guy” Estrada Claudio

Sr. Mary John Mananzan

Zenaida Brigida Hamada Pawid

Susan Fernandez

Mayor Ma. Lourdes Fernando

Dr. La Rainne Abad-Sarmiento

Punong Barangay Nida Cabrera

Fatima Cabanag

Ana Maria “Gwen” Ngolaban

Patricia Evangelista

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

Alvin Dizon

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.

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