Coun. Bernadeth Olivares is a 2nd termer City Councilor in the City of San Pedro, Laguna. She first served as a member of the City Council in 2016. Back then, barely a few weeks after her assumption to office as one of the newly elected members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of San Pedro, she immediately got down to brass tracks. In due time, she was convinced that her immersion to the new task ahead was successful. She admits, however that adjusting to rudiments of this sensitive position is not that easy. It is a real test on how one person given this mandate can persevere and accepts with all his heart the responsibility of the position. In her case, it was a totally different calling from her previous orientation as an Executive of the Corporate World. It was at first like tiptoeing on an unstable ground. Though difficulties are not insurmountable.
She acknowledges, however, that being a first termer and first timer Public Servant during her 1st term entails a lot of learning. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Sto. Tomas in 2003, but despite of that, her passion for learning all about Public Governance has made her seek for more knowledge. Hence, she took up Executive BA in Political Science Major in Local Government Administration at the University of Makati and applied to be one of the fellows at the Young Leaders for Good Governance Seminar-Workshop, a program by the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) in partnership with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation (JMRF).
Being a YLGG fellow, gave her the opportunity to integrate all the knowledge she learned and has brought her more focus to her advocacy. To date, she has already facilitated numerous projects which focus on women empowerment, youth volunteerism, gender equality and inclusiveness, mental health, and animal welfare. Her role as a Public Relations Officer in NMYL-CALABARZON Region and PCL-Laguna Chapter and as President of the Lady Local Legislators League in the City of San Pedro allow her to reach out to more leaders and impart the values and knowledge she learned as a fellow of YLGG.
When she took her OATH of office as an elected public official, she bear in mind that she was not signing an ordinary statement. It is a SACRED PROMISE which MUST BE FULLFILLED. That she will always be true to her OATH and reaffirm her commitment to the people who casted their votes, with trust that continues to be the kind of public servant they deserve.