Josephine Lay-os, a resident of Bangaan, Sagada, Mountain Province, clinched the third place in the esteemed 2023 National Search for Outstanding Rural Women (SORW) or the Gawad Parangal para sa Katangi-tanging Kababaihan sa Kanayunan.
The awarding ceremony took place on Dec. 14 at the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Diliman, Quezon City.
Lay-os is the Cordillera’s SORW regional winner and is among the national finalists along with the outstanding rural women of regions 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, and 12.
Her exceptional dedication and tireless commitment to rural development and community upliftment was formally recognized especially in empowering and enhancing the lives of her fellow i-Sagada.
She was heralded as an inspiring example for rural women nationwide this year.
She will receive P75,000 aside from the plaque of recognition and tokens
Lay-os was joined by her husband Osenio, Sarah Ap-apid of the local government of Sagada; DA-Cordillera OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations and GAD Focal Person Arlene Sagayo, and Regional SORW Committee Member Janice Agrifino.
Lay-os said she is grateful of the award not only because of the cash award but more importantly of the knowledge she gained throughout the journey that inspired her to continue on her work; to look into her weaknesses to improve, and contribute in agriculture.
She encouraged the other rural women farmers to be supportive of the agricultural programs of the government such as attending to invitations to trainings to deepen agricultural understanding and ultimately apply it in their farms.
The SORW is an annual recognition for outstanding rural women led by the DA’s Gender Focal Point System with Usec. for Finance Agnes Catherine Miranda as chairperson. It stands as a testament to the relentless spirit and commendable efforts of individuals like Lay-os, showcasing their invaluable role in shaping a brighter future for rural areas across the country. – Press release