Julita C. Benedicto

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Julita C. Benedicto was a civic worker whose primary goal was the welfare of the disadvantage. She was known for being an effective fundraiser for various civic clubs projects that she was affiliated with. For twenty years, Benedicto distinguished herself as one of the foremost social service leaders in the country. It all started when she joined the Ermita Junior Women's Club in 1948, and was elected as president of the National Federation of Women's Club.

Formative Years

Benedicto was born in Bauang, La Union. Her parents were Pablo Campos and Lucia Diaz. She took up her primary education at the St. Theresa's and La Concordia colleges in Manila, and her secondary education at the University of the Philippines High School where she graduated in 1935. Raised by a respected and model family, the Campos family received the Exemplary Family of the Year award in 1959.

Later in her life, she married Roberto S. Benedicto, who was the former ambassador to Japan and a well-known businessman, lawyer, civic leader, and diplomat.

Civic works

After studying, she soon turned her attention to socio-civic work and established a record of five presidencies, four chairmanships, and six board memberships of renowned national organizations. She became the president of the National Federation of Women's Clubs and the Consumers Federated Groups of the Philippines, Inc. She was also the elected president of the Federation of Asian Women's Associations from 1970-1973. Likewise, Benedicto was chosen as the Philippine delegate to the International Organization of Consumer's Unions in Asia and the Pacific; and was the designated board member of the Civic Assembly of Women of the Philippines, and the Philippine Band of Mercy, the Community Chest of Greater Manila, and the Family Workshops of the Philippines.

International Conferences Attended

  • Delegate and observer to the women's organizations in relation to civil defense work in London, Stockholm, and Madrid.,1953.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 2nd (FAWA) convention in Taipei, 1960.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 3rd (FAWA) convention in Agana, Guam, 1964.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 5th (FAWA) convention in Odawara, Japan, 1970.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 6th (FAWA) convention in Taipei, 1973.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 7th (FAWA) convention in Seoul, 1976.
  • Delegate of the Federation of Asian Women's Association (FAWA), 8th (FAWA) convention in Guam, 1979.
  • Delegate to the seminar of the International Organization of Consumers Unions in Singapore, 1974.

Awards and Citations

  • Civic Leader for the Year 1970.
  • Recognition from her first organization (Federation of Junior Women' clubs), 1958.
  • Philippine Tuberculosis Society, 1958.
  • Community Chest, 1967.
  • Integrated Social Welfare Programs of the First Lady, 1968.
  • Philippine Mental Health Association, 1969 and 1970.
  • Philippine Council of Management, 1979.
  • Award given to her family by the Civic Assembly of Women of the Philippines, 1059.
  • Outstanding Women of 1975.
  • National Federation International de Abogadas from the NFWC.
  • Awardee of the Most Useful Citizen Award from the Philippine Women's University (P.W.U.), 1978.
  • Woman-to-Woman Award from the Soroptimist International.
  • Recipient of the General Carlos P. Romulo Award, December 1978.

Affiliations

  • President of the Federation of Asian Women's Clubs (she helped in rebuilding the National Federation of Asian Women's Club Building)
  • President of the Federated Groups of the Philippines Inc.
  • Member of the Consultative Body of the International Organization of Consumers' Unions for Asia and Pacific
  • Appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos as commissioner in an acting capacity of the National Commission Concerning Disabled Persons

Reference

  • Ancheta, Hermina M. and Michaela Beltran-Gonzales. Filipino Women in Nation Building. A compilation of Brief Biographies. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, 1984.

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