Laws, Issuances and other Legislation on Women

This Act provides repatriation to:

  • Filipino women who have lost their citizenship by marriage to aliens, and
  • Natural-born Filipinos who have lost their citizenship on account of political or economic necessity provided that he/she is not opposed to organized government, not teaching or defending violence, and of good moral and mental standing.

Creating a Committee for the Special Protection of Children from All Forms of Neglect, Abuse, Cruelty, Exploitation, Discrimination and Other Conditions Prejudicial to their Development

An executive order creating a committee for the special protection of children from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, discrimination and other conditions prejudicial to their development signed on 14 September 1995 by the Former President Fidel V. Ramos

Approval and Adoption of Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development, 1995-2025

An executive order on the approval and adoption of the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development, 1995-2025 signed on 08 September 1995 by the Former President Fidel V. Ramos

Amending Executive Order No. 208 (s.1995) "Further defining the composition, powers and functions of the National Commission on the Role Of Filipino Women”

An executive order amending Executive Order No. 208 (s. 1995) Entitled “Further Defining the Composition, Powers and Functions of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women”.

Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995

This law was enacted to uphold the dignity of Filipino citizens whether in country or overseas in general, and Filipino migrant workers in particular by affording full protection to labor, local and overseas, organized and unorganized and provide adequate and timely social, economic and legal services to Filipino migrant workers. In recognition of women's role in nation-building, the law provides that the State shall apply gender sensitive criteria in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs affecting migrant workers.

Although the law provides that Filipinos shall be deployed in countries where the rights of Filipino migrant workers are protected, in reality it is quite difficult. Many migrant workers, most of them women, have suffered and languished in jails overseas because of lack of support from the government.

This Act created the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center to be established in areas where there are large concentrations of Filipinos. The services it provides include, counseling and legal services, welfare assistance, promotion of programs to promote social integration, registration scheme for undocumented workers, gender sensitive programs and monitoring of situations.

Grant of pre-departure loan and family assistance loan to migrant workers was included in order to discourage illegal recruitment. A Legal Assistance Fund was also created to be used for the provision of legal services to migrant workers and overseas Filipinos in distress.

This Act authorizes the granting of small loans to women for the purchase of necessary tools or equipment for the businesses of their choice and provides free technical training under the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), now TESDA.

The Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995

In order to provide neglected and abandoned children with a family, inter-country adoption shall be allowed when the same shall prove beneficial to the child's best interest and shall serve and protect the child's fundamental rights. To carry this out, an Inter-Country Adoption Board was created. It is the policy of this law to resort only to inter-country adoption when all possibilities for adoption of a child under the Family Code has been exhausted.

Youth in Nation-Building Act

The law established the National Comprehensive and Coordinated Program on Youth Development in recognition of the role of the youth in nation-building. In line with this, the National Youth Commission was created as a body tasked to plan, oversee and implement a national integrated youth plan, a component of which is the development of the Medium-Term Philippine Youth Development Plan, a companion to the national development plan.

"Creating the Presidential Fact-finding and Policy Advisory Commission on the Protection of Overseas Filipino"

Requiring the Employer or Head of Office to put into effect appropriate rules and regulations in consultation with and jointly approved by the employees through their duly designated representatives, prescribing the procedures for the investigation of sexual harassment cases and the administrative sanctions.

Party-List System Act

The 1987 Constitution provides that there shall be party-list representatives and the women sector is to be allocated a seat therein (Art. VI, Sec. 5 [2]. Before the enactment of Republic Act No. 7941, the sectoral representative for women was appointed by the President. This law now provides for the election of party-list representatives through the party-list system including the women sector.

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