President Benigno Aquino has appointed Negrense lawyer Rowena Guanzon, former mayor of Cadiz City, as Commission on Audit commissioner, Malacañang spokesman Edwin Lacierda said yesterday.
“It is going to be an all-woman COA, with (chairman) Grace Tan and (commissioner) Heidi Mendoza,” he told the DAILY STAR.
The president signed Guanzon’s appointment on March 8, Lacierda said.
Guanzon, who replaced Juanito Espino Jr., will serve as COA commissioner until Feb. 2, 2020, he said.
Guanzon, a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, graduated in the top 10 of her class from the same college, and has a degree in economics, also from UP.
She also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was an Edward Mason Fellow and Class Marshal.
She is a litigation lawyer known in the pioneer field of gender discrimination and violence against women. She has written three books, “Engendering the Philippine Judiciary”, “The Davide Court: Its Contributions to Gender and Women’s Rights,” and “The Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act”, her biodata published on the UP College of Law website says.
A recognized expert of VAW legislations in the Philippines, she is a founding member of the Asia Cause Lawyers Network, Gender Justice Network, and CEDAW Watch, it also says.
Guanzon, who is officer-in-charge of the Institute for the Administration of Justice of the U.P. Law Center, was also a Visayan DAILY STAR columnist.
She is the daughter of retired Judge Sixto Guanzon and former Negros Occidental Board Member Elvira Guanzon.*CPG