DSWD Asec. Peñaflor bags outstanding alumni award
Iloilo City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary for Specialized Programs, Rhea B. Peñaflor, was conferred the Outstanding Alumni in Community Service award at the Western Visayas State University’s (WVSU) Special Convocation and Grand Alumni Homecoming held on January 23, 2019.
The award is the highest honor given to the state university’s former students for active involvement and participation in community service.
“It's an honor to receive the Most Outstanding Alumni award in Community Service from my beloved alma mater, West Visayas State University, on its 116th year. I shall still continue to serve the community with the core values of Service, Harmony and Excellence instilled to me by WVSU,” said Assistant Secretary Peñaflor who graduated cum laude with a degree in Journalism at the university.
DSWD Assistant Secretary Peñaflor (4th from left) receives the Western Visayas State University’s Outstanding Alumni in Community Service award. The award recognizes her two decades of experience in development and humanitarian work.
She started volunteering at 15, and has been actively involved in promoting children’s rights, youth welfare, and gender rights, among others. She is affiliated with non-profit organizations such as Cameleon Association, Kabataang Gabay Para sa Positibong Pamumuhay, Inc., Zuellig Family Foundation, ChildFund International, and Help Us Rebuild Homes in Northern Iloilo, which provided shelter to those who lost their homes to Typhoon Yolanda.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista lauded the Assistant Secretary’s achievement. “She always exceeds expectation in her performance as assistant secretary for specialized group. She deserved to receive such high honors as her passion for volunteerism and service extend not only to those she serves as a public official but also as to her private endeavor,” he said.
Assistant Secretary Peñaflor heads DSWD’s Specialized Programs group, which includes Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood Program. Prior to her appointment, she served as National Youth Commission’s Commissioner for the Visayas.
She also holds a law degree and masters in journalism from University of Iloilo and Charles University in Czech Republic, respectively. #