Angat Bayi Political Empowerment Fellowship Program 2018-2019

The Angat Bayi pilot run in 2018 introduced the Political Empowerment Fellowship (AB PEF) program. This contributed directly to the enhancement of the skills and capacities of women politician leaders from across the country. In October of that year, after a thorough nomination and selection process, 18 incumbent elected women city/municipal officials were chosen to be the first batch of AB PEF Fellows.

Through this program, the Fellows participated in short courses on the following topics:  feminist leadership; rights-based, democratic, and good governance; building and protecting democratic institutions and processes; and promotion of active citizenship. They were also given the opportunity to learn from the local government units of Quezon City and Naga City. Through site visits, orientations, and discussions with local officials, the fellows learned about LGU good practices and ongoing effective programs, initiatives, and services on women’s empowerment and gender equality.

In addition, the Fellows were introduced to seven (7) seasoned women political leaders, as their peer mentors. Aside from having had more years of experience in politics, the mentors are women leaders who have exhibited their commitment to feminist leadership; rights-based, inclusive, democratic, and good governance; and the value of active citizenship. These introductions paved the way for rich and meaningful discussions between the Fellows and their peer mentors, with the exchanges spanning both political and personal experiences, learnings, and strategies.

Meet our AB PEF Program 2018-2019 Mentors

Senator Risa Hontiveros
Board Member Carol Fariñas, Zambales
Councilor Cora Raymundo, Pasig City
Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City
Representative Malou Acosta-Alba, Bukidnon
Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Tabaco City, Albay
Provincial Governor Kaka Bag-ao, Dinagat Island

Participation in the fellowship led to immediate results with the fellows successfully pushing for the passage of ordinances and setting up local programs. Several have also signified their interest in replicating a local grassroots version of the Angat Bayi Program.

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