SCENE CITY| Soroptimist International of Tagum City and City of Palms Join the 26th Mid-Biennial Conference

SOROPTIMIST International of Tagum City and City of Palms recently joined hundreds of delegates from 85 clubs nationwide for the 26th Mid-Biennial Conference of Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (SIPR) on May 12–13, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Newport Complex, Pasay City.

RECIEPIENTS of the “Outstanding Club” awards. From left to right - SIA Executive Director, Elizabeth M. Lucas; SIA President, Rose Mary Reid; SIPR Governor, Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng and the 10 club presidents.

RECIEPIENTS of the “Outstanding Club” awards. From left to right – SIA Executive Director, Elizabeth M. Lucas; SIA President, Rose Mary Reid; SIPR Governor, Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng and the 10 club presidents.

Club President, Lucila C. Rubinos led a team of eight delegates from SI Tagum City. With her was Atty. Leah Marie Moral Romano, incumbent municipal mayor of Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte and her team of six from SI City of Palms.

Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng, SIPR Governor, welcomed the club representatives from all over the country. She encouraged the attendees to “keep the fire burning” through their biennium advocacy, “Educate and Train Women and Girls to Access and Conserve Safe Water.”

Top officials from the Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), namely, President Rosemary Reid and Executive Director Elizabeth M. Lucas joined the conference as official guests. They led the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Live Your Dream (LYD) art exhibit alongside SIPR Governor Tumaneng on the first day of the event.

Conference chairperson and SIPR Governor Tumaneng presided over the conference activities.

The first day keynote speakers were SIA President Rosemary Reid and Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng, who delivered the Governor’s Report. Luncheon guest speakers included Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares. Justice Carpio spoke about international law and the West Philippine Sea issue. Sen. Poe, on the other hand, highlighted women empowerment in her speech.

Other highlights of the 26th Mid-Biennial Conference included: the reports of the 14 District Directors featuring best practices and impact projects; workshops; testimony of the LYD Region Awardee, Rochelle B. Villaflores; special fellowship events capped by SIA and SIPR recognition of outstanding clubs on the Four Pillars of Success.

SI Tagum City’s ongoing impact projects, in cooperation with its daughter club SI City of Palms, include Cacao Production, Duck Raising, Bigasan Ng Bayan, Catering Services, Quilting, Food Processing and Cooking, Drive against Poverty for Women through Skills and Livelihood Training, and Eye Screening with free Eyeglasses.

The event culminated on the evening of May 13 with the Awarding Ceremonies held at the Manila Ballroom of Marriott Hotel. SI Tagum City was one of the recipients of the Ten Outstanding Club Awards. The club landed first place for posting the highest net growth in the “All-Aboard Membership Challenge”. It was also a runner-up in both Best in Membership and Best in Adopt-a-Barangay awards.

About Soroptimist International of Tagum City and City of Palms: SI Tagum City and SI City of Palms are part of Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (SIPR), an organization of professional and business women working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the country.

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