2013 Outstanding Social Worker cited by the Professional Regulation Commission
Sr. Maria Victoria Palomo Sta. Ana, FMA, Executive Director of the Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc., was named 2013 OUTSTANDING SOCIAL WORKER by the PRC in awarding ceremonies on June 20 at the Manila Hotel.
Known for her strong stance against child labor and advocacy of women’s rights, she was lauded for her “selfless dedication to the poor, especially the empowerment of young people.”
Aside from her work in the Laura Vicuña Foundation, she has served 30 years as a Registered Social Worker and 25 years as a Salesian Sister. She also sits as the International Board Member for Asia in the International Network of Consecrated Persons Against Trafficking in Persons (Talitha Kum).
According to the PRC, she used her networking skills, coupled with hard work and determination, to improve the services of the foundation, thus enabling it to serve a large number of disadvantaged women and children despite its small size.
Under her leadership, the Laura Vicuña Foundation became the first Philippine non-government organization to be given the 2012 STARS IMPACT AWARD, an honor bestowed by the London-based STARS Foundation to organizations in the Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions which achieve excellence in providing services to disadvantaged children.
Source: PASWI UPDATES- The Official Newsletter of PASWI National – Sept. 2013 Issue
(PASWI – Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc.)