NWTF (Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation) Executive Director, Dr. Cecilia del Castillo was named “Leading Woman in Public Sector” by the WIL Achievement Awards in cooperation with Monster.com in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 28, 2013.

The Leading Woman in Public Sector Award is given by the WIL Achievement Awards in recognition of the efforts and initiatives of a female leader in the public sector that promote development.

The WIL Achievement Awards were presented to outstanding leaders in the region on the first day of the Women in Leadership Forum Asia 2013 that was held at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 28-29, 2013. The winners in the other four (4) categories are as follows:

1. Leading Woman of the Year:ShintaWidjajaKamdani – Managing Director of Sintesa Group, Indonesia;
2. Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: Winie Loo – Founder and Chief Creative Director, A Cut Above Group of Salons & Academy, Malaysia
3. Male Champion of Change: DatukMohd Bakke Salleh – Group Chief Executive and President of Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia; and
4. Most Women-Friendly Employer: Ernst & Young
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The Women in Leadership Forum Asia 2013 is the 3rd edition of the annual event organized by Naseba, the French Information company. The yearly forum aims to unite the most influential business leaders from the Asian Region to share and exchange ideas about how companies can maximizethe economic prospectsof women in the region, and to encourage more pro-women innovations and initiatives in the workplace.

The award is an affirmation of Dr.del Castillo’s lifetime achievement of enabling the poorest women in Central Philippines to move their families out of poverty. As founder and Executive Director of NWTF, she is the driving and inspiring force that propels the NWTF Team to go farther and deeper into the most remote areas of the Visayas and Palawan where many of the marginalized try to eke out a living, and provide them with financial and non-financial assistance that will enable them to improve their lives.

This is not the first time that her pioneering work in the field of microfinance and social development has been acknowledged. Earlier in March her profile was included in a book entitled: “Aspirations & Inspirations: Filipino Women Entrepreneurs” written by Jessica Zafra, which was launched during the WBCP Women’s Business Council Philippines Kapihanat the DusitThani Manila on March 19, 2013. The book is a collection of profiles of all women finalists and winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines program of Ernst & Young since 2003.