Womanhood personified PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 11:14

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan —Before the  so-called  women’s liberation movement came in vogue,  a young Ibanag  woman have broken the proverbial  yoke of submissiveness to men. Today, she never regretted such decision and instead, went on her way to rub the feelings to other  women she vowed to protect.

For Atty. Mila Catabay-Lauigan, she has learned as early as when she was in the grades that men and women should be on equal footing- a belief she has mustered all these years.

Such belief reached full bloom when she entered the exciting yet otherwise intriguing world of politics, a world earlier on ruled by men.

These days, she prides herself as a master of multi-tasking and time management, she vowed to  that at the end of everyday, she will be able o satisfy her clients and herself.

Since she became a lawyer in 1995, this lawmaker as a woman has empowered hundreds of women from all walks of life in the different parts of the region and as far as the  Ilocos. She maximized the use of media to reach the people. This is aside from her non-stop advocacies and continuing information and education campaign on the protection of women and children.

For her, womanhood is the very foundation of every family, not only concern with  household activities but  go beyond  it.

“What makes women far better than men is their ability when it comes to multi-tasking and time management,” Lauigan admitted quoting a male foreign friend who told her earlier.

An active member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)- Cagayan chapter where she was President from 2009 to 2010, she pursues her advocacies non-stop and unconditional particularly in  the improvement of the  criminal justice system, training police and investigators to respond to cases and how to preserve evidences, among others.

Since 1995, she offered  herself  for free  as speaker to different government and  private training workshops sharing her expertise in judicial matters and women empowerment.

As a three-term Board Member from 1998 – 2007 and from 2010 to present, she sponsored various resolutions geared towards the elevation of women to equal footing with men.

These include the establishment of Violence Againt Women and Children’s  (VAWC) Desk in the barangays, mandated the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to extend membership to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) where dues will be paid by their respective employees and the project HOPE (Hub for Opportunities to People   and Employment).

Asked what she considers her  three best  achievements as a career woman, she enumerated them ,not in the order of importance as “having empowered other women, mastered the art of multi-tasking and time management and influencing others to be Gender Sensitive.”

Unlike other high profile lawyers and politicians, Atty. Lauigan has always been a friend to everyone particularly those women, victims of violence, who needed free legal services.

Despite her stature, she stubbornly refused to live overseas even if she can.  For her, what you can take her out of Cagayan, you can never take Cagayan out of her.

Come June this year, she will add another list to her ever-growing accomplishments as she will serve as Area Director of  Zonta International District 17  this June.  These days, Atty. Lauigan’s priority is on the provision of skills enhancement and livelihood to the women sector.

Despite her several study grants abroad, she always comes back to where her heart belongs, the underprivileged women. If only for these,  Lauigan stands taller than some men. — ALM/BSY/GVB/PIA-2