#TCRToplist: Get to know these empowered Filipinas in public service

This International Women’s month, get to know these 5 empowered Filipinas who spent their careers serving the people and community.

Ana Patricia Non is an entrepreneur who gained national attention in 2020 for her public service work. Non is the founder of the Maginhawa Community Pantry, a volunteer-led initiative that provided free food and other essential items to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. The Maginhawa Community Pantry started as a simple idea where she set up a table with basic groceries and invited neighbors to donate and take what they needed. Later on, the idea spread across the country, inspiring similar community pantries in other cities and provinces.

Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist and the CEO of Rappler. She has a reputation for her critical reporting on the policies and administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. She has been an outspoken defender of press freedom and human rights. The Duterte administration has consistently attacked Rappler, charging the news outlet with a number of offenses and bringing many legal actions against Ressa and her co-workers which they believe were politically motivated. 

She was the second Filipino to be part of Time magazine’s Person of the Year, alongside other journalists who faced persecution for their reporting. Ressa received numerous awards for her journalism and advocacy, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.

Jessica Soho is a well-known broadcast journalist. She is the host of the award-winning news program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.” 

Soho has led a number of initiatives to help those who have been affected by typhoons, fostering health and well-being, advancing education, and assisting the less fortunate members of society. Soho has received distinctions from the Catholic Mass Media Awards and was also a recipient of “Gawad Plaridel” award, which honors Filipino media professionals who have succeeded in the journalism industry and have made significant contributions to the growth of Philippine media.

Karen Davila, a prominent broadcast journalist, is also involved in initiatives promoting education, health, and other social issues. Davila is the founder of Project Malasakit, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and financial assistance to underprivileged students in the country. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Bantay Bata 163, one of the largest child welfare organizations in the Philippines. Through Bantay Bata, Davila provides medical assistance, education, and legal support to children in need.

She received the “Ulirang Ina Award” from the government in 2013 and the “Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Award” from the National Mothers and Family Council of the Philippines in 2016. 

Aside from being a formidable actress, Angel Locsin is a well-known humanitarian in the Philippines who is always on the line of charitable initiatives related to disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts. Locsin founded the ALRO foundation which strives to participate in relief efforts, such as those in connection with Typhoons Ondoy in 2009, Yolanda in 2013, and the Marawi Siege in 2017. She also oversees projects to support medical professionals and other front-line personnel throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and volunteers for various campaigns promoting disaster preparedness and response, education, health, and human rights.

Locsin received numerous awards and recognition for her efforts, including the “Asia Game Changer Award” from the Asia Society in 2020.

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