The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) launched on March 9, 2017 a photo exhibition entitled “Women of NDCP: Images of Service and Leadership.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Mrs Chona Cecilia P Estioko, wife of NDCP President, Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret).
The exhibit features 17 individuals who epitomize women’s vital role in affecting positive societal change. The featured women include 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”.
In his remarks, NDCP President Estioko said, “The exhibit recognizes 17 women who have made significant achievements even in sometimes unnoticed ways.”
Underscoring the crucial role of women in promoting security and development, Admiral Estioko said, “These accomplished women have served as source of inspiration for not just for other women, but also for men.”
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
MNSA Regular Class 52, members of the NDCP Alumni Association, and NDCP officials, faculty, and staff attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The exhibit hopes to encourage and inspire others to promote gender equality and to lead a life of significance.
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. – Manmar Francisco