She has always been referred to as a MAVERICK public servant. Governor Josie was an extra-ordinary leader. She may have entered through the traditional ways of politics, but she transcended the existing games in the political arena of her time and focused on improving the local government bureaucracy of Bulacan.



Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

Senator of the Philippines

The many accomplishments of Gov. Josie and the people of Bulacan are a reminder that where there is principled leadership and active citizenry, progress is within reach.

Sis. Eva Fajardo

Chairperson, Panlalawigang Komisyon Para sa Kababaihan ng Bulacan

Gov. Josie is an excellent problem solver. I heard her say, “Kung di kayang ma-solve ng isip ang problema, kailangan ay puso naman ang gamitin (If the mind cannot solve it, let the heart take over).” I am reminded of King Solomon who displayed much wisdom in his reign that people from all walks of life consulted him because he was very discerning. I saw this Solomonic quality in Governor Josie’s administration

Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD

In my ministry in Bulacan, Gov. Josie was always a true friend and partner. Since both of us occupy the highest positions in our respective vocations of service, we both saw to it that in the dealings of the Church and the LGU, cooperation, dialogue, and the common welfare of the people would always prevail.

Bishop Jonel Milan

Community of Independent Churches of the Philippines Chairman Emeritus, Christian Ministers Council of Bulacan (CMCB)

In our transformational advocacies, Gov. Josie has always been a very supportive and empowering leader-partner. She helped host the launching of our (Care) K4Philippines Prayer Movement in September 2002, and even brought in all the Mayors and Barangay Chairmen with her to be prayed for on their good health (Kalusugan), salvation/protection (Kaligtasan), wisdom (Karunungan) and righteousness (Katuwiran).

Director Remigio Mercado

NEDA, Region 3

No single word fully captures the traits of this leader, who was able to steer the province of Bulacan to be one of the best provinces in the country, not only in terms of service delivery but more so in governance.