A daughter of a farmer, Sarah Gutierrez-Cayona was born and raised in Takepan, Pikit, Cotabato. She graduated from Takepan High School in 1981 and from Notre Dame University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 1990. After receiving her education, Executive Director Cayona packed up and worked in Singapore.

In 1994, she was employed as a Secretary in Shinsung Corporation, a contractor of National Irrigation Administration-Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project. On the same year, ED Cayona came back to her Alma mater, Notre Dame University, and worked as an Account Receivable Clerk for almost 2 years. In 1996, she served the Provincial Accountant’s office in North Cotabato as Accounting Clerk I and then assigned as Management Audit and Analyst II at the Provincial Governor’s office (PGO) in 1998.

ED Cayona devoted more than half of her life to the government for the past twenty years in the PGO Internal Control Division.