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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

ySagada lady is 2nd runner-up in National Search for Outstanding Rural Women

Tabuk City, Kalinga – With her efforts in advancing rural development and uplifting her community in Sagada, a Cordilleran emerged as the second runner-up in the 2023 National Search for Outstanding Rural Women or the Gawad Parangal para sa Katangi-tanging Kababaihan sa Kanayunan.


Josephine Lay-os from Bangaan, Sagada is the representative of the region in the search which aims to recognize women in rural areas who have made a significant impact in agriculture and/or fisheries and have contributed positively to women empowerment, rural development, and food security.


As a monetary prize for the award, Lay-os received an amount of P75,000 during the awarding ceremony on Thursday, December 14, at the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Diliman, Quezon City, which was also aired live via the Department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

 Aside from the cash prize, she was likewise given a plaque of recognition, tokens, and a bouquet.


She is likewise entitled to additional prizes in the form of projects and interventions.


The grand winner of this year’s competition is Mylin Tayapad from Region 10, receiving P150,000, while Marivic Dubria of Davao Region emerged as the first runner-up with a cash prize of P100,000.


In a statement, Lay-os expressed gratitude to the agency not just for the award, but for all the learning she has acquired that she could utilize to contribute more in the field of agriculture.


“Manyamanak tan adu ay adal di naadal ko baken wat din siping. Din adal ay at least ay umipagaget pay en sek a ay man ubla. Ilaen di weaknesses ta man improve tapnu ad adu pay di maimula," she quorted, saying.


She is also encouraging fellow rural women to support various agricultural programs by attending trainings necessary to deepen their agricultural knowledge and practices that they could apply to their farms.


Josephine Lay-os and her works

In a press release by the Department of Agriculture - Cordillera, it was mentioned that Josephine, often called in the community Josie, is involved in coffee production, thus positively contributing to the local economy.


She also involved herself in various volunteer activities, even assisting people at her own expense.


When she became a barangay official, she worked on ordinances focused on public health and safety.


“One notable ordinance she authored is the prohibition of farm animals and pets in certain areas to protect plants and maintain cleanliness,” said DA-Cordillera.


Being a member of the Violence Against Women and Children committee, she also advocates for women’s rights, safety, and gender equality.

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