DUMAGUETE CITY, March 7 (PIA) -- A former high-ranking official of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has organized a stamp exhibit to inspire competence and confidence among women in Dumaguete City.
Former NTC Deputy Commissioner Atty. Kathleen Heceta is the philatelist responsible for the current exhibit at Silliman University’s (SU) Robert B. and Metta J. Library where over 700 commemorative and special edition stamps from 60 countries are displayed.
The stamps are displayed in clusters based on five administrative regions, namely: (A) Americas, (B) Western Europe, (C) Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, (D) Africa and (E) Asia and Australasia.
Highlighting the exhibit is a special collection of stamps from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Heceta partnered with the university’s Christian Women Association (CWA) to mount the exhibit in celebration of International Women’s Month this March.
Through the stamp exhibit, Heceta and CWA hope to educate and inspire women, especially the younger generation, to develop the needed competence and confidence in achieving one of the Millennium Development Goals of promoting gender equality and women empowerment.
“Different cultures, local histories and stories on struggles for national identity and pride are reflected in the stamps on display,” said a statement from SU’s Office of Information and Publications (OIP).
The organizers also envision the collection to facilitate connectivity among women across the globe.
Heceta’s ties with SU started when she obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University in 1962.
An active member of CWA, she has also served as an elected chairperson of the Council 2000 of the International Telecommunications Union.
The stamp exhibit, which opened on March 1, is hosted at the American Studies Resource Center on the ground floor of the library. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)