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Dinky Soliman

A committed social worker herself, Secretary Soliman’s appointment to the helm of the Department of Social Welfare and Development has been laudably welcomed by civil society especially by non-government organizations.

Prior to her appointment, “DINKY” as she is known to associates and friends was Executive Vice-President of Community Organizors Multiversity as well as Executive Director of CO-TRAIN. She pioneered in developing a rural organizing program as a trainor and coordinator in Bukidnon under the auspices of the Social Action Center of Bukidnon way back in 1976.

Sec. Soliman was the high school valedictorian of Class 1969 at the College of the Holy Spirit in Tarlac, Tarlac. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman where she was University Scholar and Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardee. She copped 5th place in the 1974 National Board Examinations for Social Workers.

In 1998, she finished her Master in Public Administration degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston, USA.

Sec. Soliman is also a recipient of countless awards and citations in the field of social work and community development, most notably as Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Awardee in 1992 and the Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UP.

Sec. Soliman is married to Hector Soliman. They have two children.

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