The executive director of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Cecilia del Castillo, received the “Leading Woman in Public Sector Award” from the Women in Leadership Achievement Awards, in cooperation with Monster.com in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently, a press release from NWTF said.
The award is in recognition of the efforts and initiatives of a female leader in the public sector that promote development, and presented on the first day of the WIL Forum Asia 2013, that was held at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 28-29.
“The award is an affirmation of del Castillo’s lifetime achievement of enabling the poorest women in Central Philippines to move their families out of poverty…and is the inspiring force that propels the NWTF Team to go farther and deeper into the most remote areas of the Visayas and Palawan where many of the marginalized try to eke out a living, and provide them with assistance to enable them to improve their lives”, the press release also said.
The other WIL winners were Shinta Widjaja Kamdani of the Sintesa Group, Indonesia, “Leading Woman of the Year”; Winie Loo, founder and chief creative director, A Cut Above Group of Salons and Academy, Malaysia, “Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”; Datuk Mohd Bakke Salleh, president of Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia, “Male Champion of Change”; and Ernst & Young, “Most Women-Friendly Employer”, the press release also said.
The third leadership forum, organized by Naseba, a French Information company, aimed to unite the most influential business leaders from the Asian Region to share and exchange ideas on how companies can maximize the economic prospects of women in the region, and to encourage more pro-women innovations and initiatives in the workplace.
The NWTF, based in Bacolod City, is a non-government organization established in 1984, and committed to the fight against poverty by providing micro financing and developmental services to the marginalized urban and rural poor of Central Philippines.
It operates in over 60 branches across the region and serves more than 170,000 clients. For more details, those interested may contact its Research Department at (034) 432-3720, local 232, visit its website at www.nwtf.org.ph, or at www.facebook.com/nwtfi, the press release added.*