Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has approved an ordinance establishing a senior high school in District 2’s depressed area named after the first female justice of the Supreme Court.
He signed City Ordinance 2660 approving the local school board’s recommendation to name a senior high school in Lot 14, Block 4, Gravel Pit Road in Barangay Payatas after Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma.
“In honor of her legacy, the senior high school to be established in Barangay Payatas will be named as Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma Senior High School,” the ordinance read.
The Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma Senior High School aims to initially offer academic and technical-vocational livelihood training tracks, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) strand, automotive and animation with Illustration.
Palma was the first Filipino woman to be appointed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
She was the first female prosecutor of Quezon City from 1947 to 1954, first female judge of the Court of First Instance and second female associate justice of the Court of Appeals.
During the term of the late President Corazon Aquino, Palma was appointed as the President of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
Tadeo Palma, the incumbent secretary to the Office of the Mayor, is the son of the late justice.