WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Philippine Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman and six other leaders from government, civil society and the private sector worldwide were recognized today for their work in promoting social accountability as a means to eradicate poverty and promote inclusive growth in their respective countries.
The awards were presented in an official ceremony held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).
In recognizing Soliman, World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi said that the secretary “walks the talk: she translates the practice of social accountability and transparency into concrete strategic activities, which she implements with great commitment and passion.”
Specifically, Konishi cited Soliman for her efforts to hide Manila’s street children and homeless families from visiting dignitaries like Pope Francis and world leaders who attended the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila last year.
“She showed utmost compassion by rounding up homeless families and bringing them to a first-class resort just outside of Metro Manila, for an all-paid holiday. By doing so, Soliman also helped project a wonderful image for the Philippines — that of a country where there are no poor or homeless people.”
The Adobo Chronicles congratulates Madam Secretary of her award and the honor she has brought to our country.