Laws, Issuances and other Legislation on Women

Paternity Leave Act of 1996

This Act allows every married male employee in the private and public sectors not to work for seven days but continues to earn his compensation on the condition that his legitimate spouse has delivered a child or suffered a miscarriage for purposes of enabling him to effectively lend support to his wife in her period of recovery and/or in the nursing of the newly-born child.

The period of seven days is too short a time to assist a wife and newborn child. Besides, the law grants the benefit to married employees only. It somehow discriminates against unmarried fathers and mothers, without impediment to marry each other, because their choice not to be married would result to not being able to avail of this benefit.

"Designating the National Council of Women of the Philippines (NCWP) as one of the lead monitoring arm of the Non-Government Organizations (NGOS) for the effective implementation of the global platform for action and the Philippine plan for Gender-Responsive Development in the NGO and private sector"

Protection and Gender-Fair Treatment of the Girl Child Week

Declaring the Fourth Week of March 1996 as "Protection and Gender-Fair treatment of the Girl Child Week"

Attendance of Women in Government in the International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8, 1996

National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Declaring the second week of February of every year as "National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual abuse and Exploitation"

General Appropriations Act of 1996

This Act provides that a certain percentage of the appropriation for government agencies shall be earmarked for gender development.

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”.

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