The last week of October of every year was declared via Presidential Decree No. 652 as “National TOWNS Week”. 2018 saw the kick-off of the National TOWNS Week with the launching of the TOWNSTalk@AIM last October 9 at the full-packed AIM Fuller Hall.
TOWNSTalk@AIM is a series of talks that serves to highlight the different perspectives and interests that come with the work of women in the nation’s service and how this is being defined in the current and a desired milieu. This is done in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management.
The theme of the first TOWNSTalk@AIM was “WEAPONIZING THE INTERNET FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AND PROGRESS”, with keynote speaker 2007 TOWNS awardee and President of RAPPLER Maria Ressa. She was joined by a panel of notable discussants, namely, Therese “Gang” Badoy-Capati – 2010 TOWNS Awardee for Education, Atty. John Paolo Villasor – Legal Counsel of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance and Dean of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) School of Law, and Cyril Pama – Microsoft Philippines' DATA & AI Principal Solutions Specialist.