La Rainne Abad-Sarmiento
hails from Zambales, and completed her doctoral studies on Public Administration at the University of the Philippines where she lectures at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) on Administration of Social Development, and concurrently as lecturer in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy-U.P., in Political Anthropology; and in the National Defense College on Gender and Development. Her areas of expertise spans gender to entrepreneurship to local governance, to environment education and election campaign — all of which had been honed for many years as local government official in Quezon City, particularly as head of the Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Development Office, and Convenor of the City Anti-Poverty Integration Task Force when she earned her informal title as the “Anti-Poverty Czar.” She was elected as Punong Barangay, of Brgy. Dona Aurora, Fourth District, Quezon City in 2000-2002 and as Barangay Kagawad in 1995-1997. Among the many other engagements she has, she is a Consultant on Social Development Programs in the House of Representatives. Among the many awards she has received, La Rainne is especially proud of her National Bayi Citation for Exemplary Women for Leadership and Governance given in April 2009 by the Institute of Politics and Governance, and the Excellence in Leadership Award during the 2008 Quezon City Entrepreneurs’ Summit by City Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.