Mayor Jenny Barzaga of Dasmarinas: Care for the City and People

Mayor Jennifer Narvaez Austria-Barzaga of Dasmarinas City, the Philippines, is the first woman leader in the area. Mayor Jenny, who was once a registered nurse, has great compassion and care for the struggle of her people. Becoming the first person in the area, Mayor Jenny puts great efforts into livelihood, environment, children protection, as well as clean governance.

In terms of livelihood, Mayor Jenny, when she was the wife of the city mayor, once established Kababaihan ng Dasmarinas sa Bagong Milenyo (KDBM), an all-women volunteer organisation that helps the community. Media recorded that the action was a big leap as it gave more financial independence to people through livelihood programmes for the members.  

Mayor Jenny has also shown great concern towards children. Facing the Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) challenge, Mayor Jenny joins forces with World Hope International for comprehensive care of survivors of OSAEC. She also organised the Children’s Congress that discussed child participation, children’s mental health, and child-friendly local governance.

Under her leadership, Dasmarinas City launched a project for solar power in public schools: “Green E-Skwela; Energy Sustainability Project for the Public Schools,” where 14 schools received solar panels that would serve as a source of energy. “With our goal to focus on the environment, this project will have a huge impact on providing clean and sufficient power to the people of Dasmariñas, whilst being able to contribute to saving our planet in partnership to prosperity,” she said on Facebook.

As for the city, Mayor Jenny received a commendation from the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) for making the city comply with and successfully implement an automated online operational processing of business permitting and licensing procedures through its electronic Business One Stop Shop (e-Boss), a digitalised and streamlined business processing and licensing system to attracts more entrepreneurs to comply with their obligations. “The City’s effort to adapt to change has set a standard that will resonate throughout the nation,” Barzaga said.