20 March 2018 – Ms. Cherrie De Erit Atilano, Founding Farmer, CEO and President of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc. emerged as the winner of the Women of the Future (WOF) Southeast Asia Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The WOF recognizes women under the age of 35 that have made a difference in nine different areas. Originally based in the United Kingdom, this year’s WOF Awards is the first year of its launching in Southeast Asia.
Ms. Atilano, an agriculturist by profession, started teaching farmers the principle of sustainable farming at the age of 12. Her company, AGREA, aims to uplift the economic situation of and establish food security for farming and fishing families who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Her farm is based in Boac, Marinduque.
Aside from Ms. Atilano, five other Filipinas made it to the shortlist of the WOF Southeast Asia Award, for their work on media and communications, social entrepreneurship and property, infrastructure and construction.