PAO Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

QUEZON CITY — Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta has been recognized as an outstanding leader and public servant awardee of the 3rd Diamond Excellence Awards 2023.

“I’d like to convey my sincerest gratitude to the selection committee,” Acosta said in her acceptance speech.

Acosta was appointed to be the head of the PAO on Feb. 23, 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

She has tirelessly worked and lobbied for the passage into law of Republic Act 9406, otherwise known as “The PAO Law”, which elevated the PAO into an independent and autonomous office.

Acosta said that her humble beginnings have taught her to be a dedicated servant and leader.

Aside from Acosta, among the awardees were television host Boy Abunda; movie actors Teresa Loyzaga and Edu Manzano; veteran writer Ricky Lee, and Senator Imee Marcos.

A LED billboard of the awardees was mounted along Manhattan Street in New York City, the United States of America.

The organizers of the prestigious award-giving body said that the billboard will be displayed until the first quarter of next year.