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HON. DR. LESMES C. LUMEN is an honoree of the Peace Diplomacy Koffi Atta Annan Award on Good Governance- GOLD under the 1st Peace Diplomacy Awards 2019 commissioned by the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

Mayor Lumen serves as the Municipal Mayor of La Paz, Leyte since1992 to 2001, and 2010-2018, eventually became a Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte in 2001-2010. He is a physician by profession and a surgeon by specialization.

Mayor Lumen received scholarship trainings such as the Local Administration and Development Program at UP Diliman College of Public Administration in 1993. He also availed the Local Government Officers Management Program in Darwin, Australia sponsored by the Australian Aid Scholarship Grant through the Local Government Academy in 1996, thus, including the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program sponsored by the DOH Zuellig in 2015.

Mayor Lumen’s 27 years of service made him a resilient local chief in addressing the Post-Yolanda rehabilitation. Infrastructures and agricultural crops were given priority given its municipality’s geographical setting, recovered to a more progressive and vibrant economy in Leyte.

As Mayor Lumen concludes his final term as a local executive, La Paz, Leyte has a low crime volume, no signs of insurgency and declared a Drug Clear municipality last July 2018; a consistent recipient of the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance from the DSWD Regional Office; Compliance to Disaster Preparedness including its status as a finalist to the Seal of Good Local Governance in the Leyte Region, on SGLG Conferment Qualifier 2017.

HON. ATTY. JO KRISTINE C. REVIL is an honoree of the Peace Diplomacy Koffi Atta Annan Award on Good Governance- GOLD under the 1st Peace Diplomacy Awards 2019 commissioned by the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

Vice Governor Revil serves as the Vice Governor of the Province of Masbate. She obtained her Bachelor of Tourism degree in the University of the Philippines Diliman and Juris Doctor degree in the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. She served as a professional fellow under the Professional Fellowship Program of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative granted by the US State Department and managed by the American Council of Young Political Leaders as well as a fellow of Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Vice Governor Revil is an international speaker on leadership, good governance, and women empowerment, appearing before the United Nations and various local and international conferences. She also received numerous executive trainings like the Executive Education Strategic Legislative Management- Asian Institute of Management; Designing Sustainable Tourism Executive Program- Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program; Development Academy of the Philippines Foundation Course on Local Legislation; Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; and, Federalism Course at the University of Fribourg-Institute of Federalism in Switzerland.

Vice Governor Revil initiated the Provincial Tourism Development Code of Masbate which led to increased tourists influx to the province and spurred local economic development. She pioneered the Climate Smart Summit in Masbate in 2017; authored and sponsored the Freedom of Information Ordinance; Smoke-free Ordinance. She recently received a US Embassy grant on tourism sustainability through the Youth of Masbate United for Sustainable Tourism (Youth MUST) project.

HON. JOSE B. ESGANA, CPA is an honoree of the Peace Diplomacy Alfred Bernhard Award on Law and Order- GOLD; and Peace Diplomacy Amartya Kumar Sen Award on Economy under the 1st Peace Diplomacy Awards 2019 commissioned by the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

Mayor Esgana serves as the Muncipal Mayor of Santa Fe, Cebu since July 1, 2013. The Yolanda typhoon challenged his leadership in less than six months of assumption as it damaged its municipality more specifically its two islets with four barangays.

Under Mayor Esgana’s contemporary leadership, Santa Fe’s New Centralized Port Terminal, Negosyo Center, and the two-storey Public Market advances economic growth better today. This further led to the opening of the Land Transportation Office Santa Fe, Mayor Esgana was recognized by the LTO VII Regional Director. Economic infrastructures through the establishment of ATM Machines among others boosted the growth of the municipality convenient for local residents and tourists as the municipality sets for international hubs for conferences.

Mayor Esgana promotes tourism making his constituents capable of the technical skills education advancement imperative to the livelihood programs which prompted significant economic development of the municipality. Among the programs includes the popularization of organic farming, institutionalizing the standard septage and waste water to commercial establishments.

Mayor Esgana was commended twice by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Visayas Division Head Quarters during the 44th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the 3rd Infantry (SPEARHEAD) Division of the Philippine Army for his invaluable services rendered that immensely contributed to the successful accomplishments of the command mission towards attaining sustainable development and just and lasting peace in Central and Western Visayas by having the initiative on how to counter counter-insurgency/terrorism, being a leader in the community as a Local Chief Executive (LCE) and as one who initiated the task force with CAFGU/CAA Volunteers Army Detachment in Bantayan Island in May 2017.

Mayor Esgana was also honored by the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command Headquarters for his invaluable support in successful implementation of the AFP’s advocacies and programs in the Visayas particularly in promoting Peace and Development in the area in November 2018.