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Hon. Shirlyn Macasarte

Board Member, province of Cotabato

An ambush incident that nearly took her life and left her temporarily handicapped has well
motivated third-time Senior Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte of the 1st District Province of
Cotabato to “stay in public service and make a difference.”

Board Member Shirlyn started out her public service career as Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal
Federation President in 1992 when she was only seventeen years old. Six years later, she won as
the youngest elected Board Member of the Philippines.

Macasarte believed in the value of participatory governance, where people have a stake in the
decision-making process. During her first term, Macasarte headed the committee that passed
the Child and Youth Welfare and Development Code. Not depending on consultancy firms,
they conducted a summit instead to hear the concerns and issues of the child and youth sector


She has also set in motion the Magtutudlo sa Barangay Program (Teachers to the Barangay) that
hired 300 teachers to far-flung communities in need of additional teaching force and the Child
and Youth Development and Welfare Code that granted child’s rights to survival, development,
protection, and participation.

As a professional nurse, she also ensured that the health sector would not be neglected. She
crafted the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Cotabato Health Code, and crafted the
Manual of Hospital for North Cotabato. She also launched the Cotabato Health Insurance
System, a program on top of PhilHealth, to further help their people burdened by expensive
hospital bills.

Likewise, she also started the Saklay: Punla ng Pag-asa Para sa Parehong Karapatan, Kakayahan
at Pagkakataon to give support to differently-abled people through distribution of mobility
devices to indigent PWDs, providing training for their proper care, technical, and funding
assistance for livelihood program according to their capabilities.

Board Member Shirlyn’s unwavering passion and commitment to her constituents’ welfare
earned her several recognitions including the Gawad Kampeon ng Kabataang Pilipino Award by
the National Youth Commission in 2006 and the Sangguniang Kabataan National Achievement
Award in 2001 and 2002.

Her vision of “a people living in unity, peace and abundance despite diverse culture and
traditions” is what keeps her on the right track.