Pepa mobilized the NFWC staff to make the connections between prisoners of war (POWs) and their families in Manila.
To accommodate motherhood into her schedule, Pepa eventually reduced her working hours to serving mainly the NFWC, the Red Cross and the Bureau of Health.
Every September 20, the nation pays homage to Josefa Llanes Escoda, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), the National Federation of Women's Clubs (NFWC), and Boys Town, by observing her birth anniversary.
Known as "Florence Nightingale of the Philippines" for ministering to the needs of sick and dying soldiers and civilians during the war, her 117th birth anniversary this year is a special day at GSP and NFWC offices nationwide as well as in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, her birthplace, where there will be wreath-laying at her monument, lectures, and speeches extolling her contributions to women and youth development.
The GSP was organized in the Philippines by two women suffragists - Pilar Hidalgo Lim, then national president of the National Federation of Women's Clubs (NFWC
), and Josefa Llanes Escoda, NFWC