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Ryza Mae Dizon wins award

Child actress Ryza Mae Dizon of Eat Bulaga, merited the Golden Globe Awards for Business Excellence and Filipino for Entertainment. She received her trophy on Sept. 19 at the Manila Hotel.

Also awarded was Lanao Del Norte’s first Muslim female mayor, Eleanor Dimaporo Lantud, 47, in the field of public service.

Her foray into the male-dominated world of local politics is already a great achievement. As mayor of Pantao Ragat, Bae Eleanor believes that education is the way to progress.  Early on, she put up day care centers that provide education in the municipality.  In the past, teachers found it inaccessible to reach Pantao Ragat. Hence, Bae Eleanor tapped local graduates and gave them work by letting teach in these day care canters.

Ryzza Mae Dizon and Eleanor Dimaporo Lantud

She also facilitated the construction of a school building that was funded by the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways. 

Using her people skills, Bae Eleanor gathered local leaders, datus, bais and the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to improve the peace and order situation in Pantao Ragat. 

Planning for candidacy as governor under the Liberal Party, she recently finished a general education course under the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS).

 “I want to widen my knowledge even if I was not able to get a college degree. Lack of academic credentials should not be a barrier to achieving one’s ambitions,” she says in Tagalog.  She topped the batch of 50 graduates who attended the rites in Baroy, Lanao del Norte. 

Bae Eleanor hopes she can pursue her political dreams to further serve the public.  She envisions the expansion of infrastructure, the provincial jail and the establishment of centers for abused women and children, a provincial library and sanitation and hygiene programs.  

In her three terms, she became skillful at steering the political waters of the municipality and has been committed to accountability.  In public work, for instance, Eleanor says provincial engineers should give priority in providing equipment for provincial projects instead of renting them out to private contractors. 

 Lantud has shown success in her family and religious life. Married to Vice Mayor Lacson for 33 years and blessed with seven children, she reminds members to pray five times and to share their good fortune.

Another reason for effective leadership is her maturity, having learned from the lessons in life. “This has given me  a better grasp of the effects of my ideas and actions. I more conscientious in making major decisions,” she says.  

Bae Eleanor is admired for her integrity, putting the welfare of the municipality first above herself. She also has the humility to listen and welcome the ideas from colleagues.  

“It’s not easy to be the Mother of the Municipality,” she says. “I always ask the punong bayan if there are problems. Communication is very important.”

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