The UP Women Lawyers Circle Inc. held a testimonial ceremony for outstanding members and for UP President Danilo Concepcion, after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales swore in its new members on August 17, 2017 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
The group presented plaques of recognition to Concepcion, and to 16 WILOCI members who have assumed leadership posts in government and the judiciary: Milagros Isabel Cristobal of the Department of Agrarian Reform; Mary Kristerie Baleva, Analiza Teh, and Maria Paz Luna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Agnes Joyce Bailen of the Department of Budget and Management; Karen Olivia Jimeno of the Department of Public Works and Highways; Maria Fe Pangilinan of the Philippine Embassy to Hungary; Maria Cecilia Papa of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process; Gwen De Vera and Amabelle Asuncion of the Philippine Competition Commission; Geraldine Fiel-Macaraig and Catherine Manahan of the Court of Tax Appeals; and, Rosario Carriaga, Maria Victoria Soriano Villadolid, Maria Clarissa Pacis-Trinidad, and Ana Celeste Bernad of Regional Trial Courts.
The occasion also saw the oath-taking of around 30 female graduates of the UP College of Law as members of WILOCI. Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana, master of ceremony, estimated the number of female lawyers who graduated from UP in 2016 to be 60.
WILOCI is a 71-year-old organization dedicated to public service programs, the centerpiece of which is its legal aid program.
In his keynote message, Concepcion updated the alumni on the College, law education, and the general situation of women in the profession. “Historically women in law held and continue to hold a crucial niche in Philippine and international legal systems, despite the norms still being slightly against their favor,” he said. (Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO)