Posted: March 16, 2015

The House of Representative recently paid tribute to Helena Z Benitez, former Senator and Batasang Pambansa member, in a special session held in celebration of March as Women’s Month.

The resolution commended Dr. Benitez for her dynamic role in uplifting the status of women in the Philippines.

It recognized her being a woman of many “firsts” including first Filipina Chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the 1st Filipina and 1st woman President of the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme, founder of the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company, and the 1st Filipina to be given the Presidential Award of the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu.

In her response, Dr. Benitez thanked the members of Congress for their gift of remembrance and urged them to strive to be of service to the country.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Congresswoman Gina P. de Venecia led well-wishers who greeted Dr. Benitez in Congress including representatives of her various advocacies such as the National Commission on Women, the Girl Scouts and the Philippine Women’s University. Benitez family members including Congressman Albee Benitez were also on hand for the Congressional tribute to their beloved Tita Helen

Honors for Tita Helen

Posted: March 10, 2015

Honors for “Tita Helen” - In celebration of International Women’s Month, noted educator and legislator, former Sen. Helena Z Benitez was commended by Congress and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) - Philippines as one of the most influential and respected women in the Philippine history and for her contribution in the promotion of women empowerment. Left photo shows Speaker of the House, Rep. Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City and Rep. Gina de Venecia of the 4th district of Pangasinan presenting her citation during the Plenary Session at the Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City. Also in photo are Petty Johannot and Rep. Rosemarie Arenas of the 3rd district of Pangasinan. Right photo shows Dr. Benitez receiving her award from Dr. Nona Ricafort, former commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education during the Tea Forum held at Phil. Bible Society, UN ave., Manila. In photo are Dr. Leonida Ortiz (extreme left), YWCA national president and Dr. Francisco Benitez, president of the Philippine Women’s University.

Another Laurel for Tita Helen

Posted: March 6, 2015

The PWU Chairperson Dr. Helena Z Benitez will be conferred an award as contained in House Resolution No 1956, citing her for leadership and achievements on women’s issues, authored by Cong. Gina de Venecia, president, Womens Legislators Association with WLA members as co-author.

The award is being given in celebration of International Women’s Month, and will be presented by Cong. de Venecia during the start of the House Session on March 9, 2015 at the Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

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