National Women’s Month 2017: Accomplished Women in NDCP Photo Exhibit

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The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) launched on March 9, 2017 a photo exhibit entitled “Women of NDCP: Images of Service and Leadership.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the exhibit was led by Mrs Chona Cecilia P Estioko, wife of the NDCP President, Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret).

The exhibit features 17 women epitomize women’s vital role in affecting positive societal change: the first and only woman NDCP President, one NDCP staff and 15 NDCP alumnae.

The project, as part of the College’s Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives, is in line with the National Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”.

The Exhibit hopes to encourage and inspire others to promote gender equality and to lead a life of significance.

In his remarks, NDCP President Estioko said that the celebration of the National Women’s Month is “… a response to the President’s call to promote genuine change in the country for the good of all Filipinos.”

Admiral Estioko underscored the crucial role of women in promoting security and development.  He said that the exhibit showcases NDCP women who have made significant achievements even in sometimes unnoticed ways.

The 17 women featured are:

Ms Aida Ayaso-Talavera MNSA

Prof Clarita R Carlos PhD, First Woman President of NDCP

Ms Evangeline de Castro-Cruzado MNSA

Dr Margarita R Cojuangco MNSA

Atty Elba Cruz MNSA PhD

Engr Natalie Czarina C Daclan MNSA

Atty Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz MNSA

BGen Constancia P De Guzman AFP (Res) PhD MNSA

Prof Vivian A Gonzales, MNSA PhD

Undersecretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado MNSA PhD

Senator Loren B Legarda MNSA

Ambassador Maria Cleofe R Natividad MNSA

BGen Charito B Plaza AFP (Res) MNSA PhD

Ms Shirley Marie Pelaez-Plaza MNSA

Judge Elma M Rafallo-Lingan MNSA

Senator Santanina Tillah Rasul MNSA

Ms Mildred Vega of NDCP

The ribbon-cutting was attended by members of the MNSA Regular Class 52, members of the NDCP Alumni Association, and NDCP officials, faculty, and staff.

The exhibit, located at the NDCP Ground Floor Lobby, is open to the public for the entire month of March.

The launching of the Photo Exhibit is the first in the series of activities by NDCP for the women’s month of March.  On March 21, the NDCP will conduct a film-showing.  The College will also host a GAD forum on March 24.

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