By: Elena Grace Flores
Soroptimist International is a renowned association worldwide for empowered women supporting each other for a common cause – and one of the undersecretaries appointed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is a Soroptimist lady, Evelyn Laviña. She is active in dealing with women’s concerns and a human rights advocate at that. She has served Soroptimist International Davao as President promoting the rights and welfare of women and campaigning against human trafficking.
Her wide experience in the field include: president of the Floriculture Industry of Davao Inc. (FIDI), founding treasurer of the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc. and vice president for agribusiness of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. She has an extensive network of contacts in high value crops composed of workers and entrepreneurs.
She has been exposed in the Agriculture business since childhood since her family owns a 30 hectares fish or aquaculture farm. She is also married to the incoming spokesman of the Duterte administration, Peter Laviña.