IN THE KNOW: Judy Taguiwalo

07:55 AM August 17, 2017

OUT OF CABINET By a 13-11 vote, the Commission on Appointments rejected on Wednesday the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary. —LYN RILLON

Judy Taguiwalo served as a professor at the women and development studies department in the University of the Philippines Diliman from 1992 to 2015.

She was faculty regent of the UP Board of Regents from 2009 to 2010.


She is also the founding national president of All UP Academic Employees Union and the chair of the board of trustees of Ibon Foundation.

Taguiwalo was also the national vice chair of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and chair of the women’s committee of ACT Philippines.


A political prisoner during martial law, Taguiwalo spent over three years in various prisons for resisting the Marcos dictatorship.

Taguiwalo holds a Ph.D. in Philippine studies from UP Diliman and a master’s degree in public administration from Carleton University in Ontario, Canada. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from UP Diliman.

Her political party affiliations include membership in the International Association for Community Development and in the Women’s Studies Association in the Philippines. She was also a coconvener in the Pagbabago People’s Movement for Change.

President Duterte appointed Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary on May 31 last year.

She was recommended to the post by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which supported Mr. Duterte during the campaign for the presidential election.  —INQUIRER RESEARCH

Source: DSWD, Inquirer Archives

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