STCA recognizes outstanding child advocates

The Saint Teresa of Calcutta Award has announced the 2021 and 2022 winners of the distinguished Philippine-based humanitarian awards after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Angela Maria “Beth” Luna Pangan was named the 38th STCA awardee for 2021, while Consuelo Misa Balbero was recognized as the 39th STCA awardee for 2022. Both awardees were commended for their steadfast commitment to children’s welfare and protection.

Angela Maria “Beth” Luna Pangan, the 38th STCA winner, is president and chair of the NORFIL Foundation. NORFIL is a non-profit organization that helps neglected, abandoned, or disabled children gain access to basic services, shelter, and rehabilitation programs.

Under her leadership, NORFIL holds a Community-based Inclusive Development Program for Children and Youth with Disability, facilitates Department of Social Welfare and Development-licensed foster home programs and adoptions, and has counseled and housed abused, unwed pregnant mothers. Eighty-nine-year-old Beth has been involved in social service for 38 years and continues to do so.

The 39th STCA awardee, Consuelo Misa Balbero, heads the child caring agency Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry Inc. as its administrator and executive director. Her direction and passion for upholding children’s rights and protecting the youth have enabled KSEM to reach out to abused and homeless children.

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