| Dr. Aura Matias with Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis (left) present the TOWNS nomination form to the media.*
2013 TOWNS search on
The 2013 search for The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS) is on and nominees from the Visayas and Mindanao are being sought, Dr. Aura Matias, TOWNS Search 2013 chair, said yesterday.
Matias, dean of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering, and Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis, chief of the Medical Professional Staff of East Avenue Medical Center and member of the TOWNS Search 2013 nomination committee, held a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday.
Matias said that, of the 149 TOWNS awardees since 1974, only two have come from Mindanao and two from the Visayas, while the rest are from Luzon.
The two from the Visayas are Luzviminda Valdez for social work in 1989 and Millie Kilayko for entrepreneurial development in 1995, she said.
“Many of the awardees come from the metropolis, this year, we would like to be able to find these jewels in the regions, particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao,” Matias said.
TOWNS Foundation Inc., in partnership with Metrobank Foundation and Metrobank Card, is seeking nominations of Filipino women aged 21 to 45 years old, Abesamis said.
Any person, organization or entity may nominate one or more women, provided they are Filipino citizens, distinguished in their field of specialization, have a well-balanced personality that is worthy of emulation, are committed to the promotion of wellbeing and upliftment of the Philippines and Filipino, and possess a pioneering spirit as evidenced by projects that they have initiated in the service of our country.
The Foundation conducts this triennial search for the purpose of identifying outstanding Filipino women who, in their various capacities, have served the country well, Matias said.
Nominations for TOWNS 2013 Awards shall be received from different individuals and organizations through the TOWNS Secretariat.
Nomination forms may be downloaded at http://www.towns.org.ph/#2013-search-2 , and must be received, postmarked, or hand-carried before August 9, 2013. They can be sent to Matias at the National Engineering Center Juinio Hall, U.P. Campus, Q.C., Tel. No. 926-1516, Telefax 922-4714 or email@example.com .
Forms can also be sent to any Metrobank branches nationwide, or to the Metrobank Foundation Office at 4F Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City.
For inquiries, those interested may reach Evelyn Singson at 2004 West Tower Phil Stock Exchange Center Exchange Road, Pasig City, Tel. No. 637-4260 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Their Bacolod contact person is Kilayko at NVC Foundation at the Virgen sang Barangay Building in Bacolod City, with tel. no. 434-5568, Matias said.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a TOWNS awardee, has agreed to chair the selection committee this year, Abesamis said.
The TOWNS awardees are presented to Malacañang on the third week of October and their awards are given by the President, Matias added.*CPG
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