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Embracing Diversity: Boni's Inspiring Journey at Visayan Electric


Boni posing for a photo in front of a government establishment in the city, one of the accounts she handles.


Every year, the month of June is dedicated to celebrating Pride, a time when communities worldwide come together to honor and support the LGBTQ+ community. In the spirit of inclusivity, Visayan Electric features one of its exceptional employees, Boneville Gae Manatad (Boni), who proudly identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Known as an adventure junkie and a hardworking employee, she currently handles and settles government accounts, making sure their power runs smoothly to provide better service to the Cebuanos. Boni's story is a testament to the company's commitment to embracing diversity and recognizing the unique talents and contributions of its employees.


A Challenging Start


Thirteen years and eight months ago, Boni embarked on her journey as an employee at Visayan Electric. At that time, society held conservative values that made acceptance difficult, but that did not stop her from achieving her goals. While Boni considered her employment at the company as an answered prayer, she also admitted that she faced some difficulties and it took her some time to get to where she is now. 


“In my first few years [in Visayan Electric] I experienced friendly bullying but di ra man naku i-mind and I don't hold grudges man pud. Siguro if you respect them, in return respitohon pud ta,” she recalled. 


However, Boni chose to rise above the negativity and foster meaningful relationships, eventually turning her colleagues into close friends. 


An Empowering Workplace


For Visayan Electric, it has always been and will always be about a person’s talent, skills, and contribution to the company. Boni's gender identity has never hindered her career at Visayan Electric; instead, it has become a source of inspiration. She commends the company for fostering an environment where gender identity does not determine success. Boni also expresses deep gratitude to her colleagues for their unwavering support and acceptance, acknowledging their role in her professional growth and overall happiness. 


“I had established a good relationship with my colleagues, and thankful ko kay accepted ko and open to them,” she expressed. Her story illuminates the power of acceptance and its positive impact on individuals and organizations alike.


Visayan Electric: Leading with Inclusion


Visayan Electric has long championed inclusivity, defying societal norms and actively combating discrimination. When society struggled to accept LGBTQ+ individuals in the workforce, Visayan Electric courageously defied the status quo by warmly embracing Boni as part of the company. The firm's unwavering commitment to diversity and equal opportunities has created an environment where every employee feels valued and empowered, regardless of their gender identity or socioeconomic background.


Inspiring Others


Boni's journey serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless LGBTQ+ individuals facing similar struggles. Her message to those currently grappling with adversity is simple yet powerful: do not allow negativity to define you. Instead, she encourages individuals to focus on personal growth and nurturing their unique talents. Boni reminds her fellow community members that they possess untapped potential to be their best selves and make meaningful contributions to society.


As we celebrate Pride month, Visayan Electric proudly recognizes the invaluable contributions of LGBTQ+ employees like Boni, who exemplify dedication and skill. Visayan Electric's commitment to inclusivity demonstrates the belief that diversity is a driving force behind success. Boni's story reminds us that by celebrating and empowering every individual, regardless of gender identity, we build a stronger, more vibrant society for all.

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