Belen Enrile Gutierrez

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Belen Enrile Gutierrez is one of the first ten Filipino women of distinction in the Philippines today. She is a woman of varied achievements in the fields of education, administration, banking, accounting, and a civic work.


Mrs. Gutierrez was born in Arayat, Pampanga, On October 9, 1899. The daughter of Dr. Domingo Enrile and Dolores Reyes. She took up her college education in University of the Philippines where she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in accounting and economics, in 1923. Selected as a Philippine government scholar, she made the trip to the United States where she took post-graduate studies in statistics at the University of Michigan in 1925 and obtained her master of Science degree at the Columbia University, majored in banking and finance three years later.

  • Married to Dr. Aureo F. Gutierrez, a physician, she has two daughters, Aurea (now Mrs. Paras), a holder of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Education, and Rita, who obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in social work.


She is the only woman so far to serve as acting president of the Far Eastern University, then the biggest private educational institution in the country; the first and until now the lone woman named to the monetary board of the Central Bank of the Philippines; a holder of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Philippine Women's University in recognition of her scholarship, public service, and constructive accomplishments in the interest of the people; and emeritus dean of the FEU; and the recipient of the Presidential Award of Merit of the Republic of the Philippines for distinguished achievements as administrator, executive, educator, and civic leader. Her government service started with her designation as member of the Integrity Board, followed by her appointment as governor of the Agricultural and Cooperative Financing Administration (ACCFA), and afterwards as member of the board of directors of the National Marketing Corporation (NAMARCO). Mrs. Gutierez is a member of two government entities: the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Central Bank Monetary Board. She is also a member of the FEU board of trustees; the first vice-president; and director of the Philippines Association of University Women (PAUW), the National Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Civic assembly of Women of the Philippines.

  • In the last thirty years, Enrile received a total of nineteen travel grants to attend international conferences abroad. She was a delegate to four of the World's Y.W.C.A. Conferences- in Ceylon in 1936, in Lebanon in 1951, in London in 1955, and in Mexico in 1959. Twice she went as a delegate to the American Institute of Accountants' convention in Chicago in 1953 and in San Francicso, California, six years later (1959). She was also a delegate to the first Conference of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in Ithaca, New York, in 1951; a delegate to the Conference of the International Federation of United Nations association (IFUNA) in Paris in 1953; and a delegate to the Asian Productivity Organization Seminar on Top Management in Tokyo, Japan, in 1963.
  • She was three times chosen delegate to the International Federation of University Women Conferences, first in London in 1953, then in Paris in 1956, and again in Helsinki in 1959. She also represented the Philippines in the International Council of Women's conferences in Washington, D. C., in 1963 and in International Council of Women's regional conference sponsored by the Australian council of Women in Brisbane, Australia, in 1964.
  • Her five world trips included an FEU tour grant to South America, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States of America, during which Mrs. Gutierrez observed the latest trends in modern education, vocational training, and school administration in 1950; an observation and study tour of the Scandinavian countries in 1956-1957 and a second one of Finland in 1959, both for the purpose of studying the workings of their respective movements; an educational observation tour of the United States of America in 1961, together with a management productivity team; and an observation tour of the various banks in the United States of America last year (1966).
  • Mrs. Gutierrez has received twelve awards since 1952 when her alma mater, the University of the Philippines, voter her the Distinguished Alumnus of its College of Business Administration. That same year (1952) she was the recipient of the Philippine Institute of Accountants award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the accounting profession in the Philippines in the field of accounting education and research during that year.


  • de Guzman,Jovita V.,Vicente A. Santiago,Remedios T. de Leon and Teresita E. Erestain. Women Of Distinction; Biographical Essays on Outstanding Filipino Women of the Past and the Present. Philippines: Bukang Liwayway, 1967.


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