Aquino pays tribute to ex-Sen. Helena Benitez, her contributions to national dev't

July 20, 2012 9:36 pm 

MANILA, July 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III pay tribute to the contributions of the Filipino women to national development as exemplified by former Senator Helena Z. Benitez as the National Council of Women in the Philippines (NCWP) celebrates her 98th birthday on Friday.

Apart from the birthday celebration, the NCWP also holds the “Helena’s Legatee” Dinner Show for Senator Benitez.

“Filipino women have always played a significant role in the development of our communities. Their work in the course of our nationhood has served as the fabric that binds our society together,” the President said in his message to the NCWP.

“Senator Helena Z. Benitez is an outstanding Filipino, coming from a long tradition of women leaders who served their families, communities, professions, and country. A senator, diplomat, educator, and community leader, Dr. Benitez has played a vital role in promoting peace, the rights of women, the arts, and the environment.”

The awards and distinctions received by the former senator were a testament to her excellence, passion, and dedication to her advocacies, the President said adding that the country honors Senator Benitez’s works and celebrates her role as a dedicated Filipino.

“Let us also salute the women who have followed her footsteps and carried her advocacies. With these women among our allies in nation-building, we can truly endeavor to create a better future for our people. May their examples inspire the Council and the rest of the nation to maintain their passion and excellence in this era of revitalization,” the President said.

Benitez was born in Manila on June 27, 1914 to Conrado Benitez and Francisca Tirona-Benitez.

The former senator holds several degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Education (Magna Cum Laude) at Philippine Women’s University; and Master of Arts, George Washington University, USA (1939); Post Graduate Studies, University of Chicago and Iowa State College, USA.

Elected senator from 1968 to 1973, Benitez authored and co-authored laws on education, manpower and youth development, family, housing and environment.

A recipient of numerous citations and awards of distinction from many government and non-government entities, Benitez is at present the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Women’s University. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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