Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda for the 16th Congress


The Philippine Commission on Women as the primary policy-making and coordinating body on women and gender equality concerns is committed to support and advocate for the enactment of laws that will further recognize, protect, fulfill and promote the rights of Filipino women.

Consistent with this and its commitments to the Magna Carta of Women, the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development as well as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the PCW pushes for the Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda (WPLA) for the 16th Congress. 

The WPLA seeks to amend or repeal discriminatory provisions of existing laws and moves for the formulation and adoption of new legislations that promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

For the 16th Congress, the PCW seeks to push its advocacy efforts through its eleven proposed legislative agenda.


Policy Brief 1 – Enacting a Magna Carta of Workers in the Informal Economy

Policy Brief 2 – Enacting the Anti-Prostitution Law (Amending Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code)

Policy Brief 3 – Enacting the Anti-Marital Infidelity Law

Policy Brief 4 – Repealing the Law on Premature Marriage

Policy Brief 5 – Repealing Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code

Policy Brief 6 – Removing Inequalities in the Exercise of Parental Consent to Marry as Provided for in the Family Code

Policy Brief 7 – Removing Inequalities in the Administration and Enjoyment of Community Property or Conjugal Partnership under the Family Code

Policy Brief 8 – Removing Inequalities in the Exercise of Parental Authority over the Person and Legal Guardianship over the Property of Common Children as Provided for in the Family Code

Policy Brief 9 – Amending the Family Code Provision on Legal Separation

Policy Brief 10 – Expanding the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

Policy Brief 11 – Amending the Anti-Rape Law