Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
The NCRFW supported the administration’s poverty alleviation agenda by sustaining the gains of the past in making the bureaucracy work for women under the thrust of advancing and protecting human rights, promoting women’s economic empowerment and promoting gender-responsive governance.1
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo supported the Framework Plan for Women which aimed to promote women’s economic empowerment, protect women’s human rights, and promote and strengthen gender-responsive governance. It served as the government’s guide in planning and budgeting for GAD programs and projects, and activities.2
RA 9208: Amended Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act which strengthens the power of the authority to prosecute pre-empted acts of trafficking, eliminates the privacy clause previously enjoyed by traffickers, penalizes the confiscation of travel documents such as passports and working permits from trafficked persons
RA 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 penalizes the commission of violence against women and their children (VAWC) in the context of domestic violence or violence in intimate relationships
Executive Order No. 425, s. 2005: Directing the DSWD to exercise oversight function over the NCRFW in facilitating coordination of policies and programs; advocating women issues and concerns at the Executive Level and other ministerial fora; ensuring gender mainstreaming in policymaking, planning, programming, all affecting the advancement of the Filipino women.
Implementation of the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, a governance and capacity development project that aimed to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, specifically those in the micro enterprise.3
Proclamation No. 1172: Declaring November 25 to December 12 of every year as the “18-day Campaign to End VAW”
The GREAT Women Project has been supported by six major provinces categorized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission, National Economic and Development Authority, and the National Nutrition Council as priority areas for hunger mitigation and considered as the poorest in the country.4
The Philippine government has received commendation from the Association of South East Asian Nations’ member-states for the country’s success in closing the gender gap by promoting human development opportunities. The Philippines has successfully maintained its 6th rank in the Global Gender Index.5
The NCRFW and Vibal Foundation unveiled two women Internet portals: Wikipilipinas.org (encyclopedia of Filipino women) and Filipiniana.net (Philippine women’s studies), which contain a collection of articles on the life stories, achievement, struggles and contributions of Filipinas in the Philippines and in the world.6
The NCRFW urged the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to expedite the passage of the landmark bill “Magna Carta of Women,” which aims to address the gender biases in the country and promote women’s empowerment. 7
The Philippine government, through the NCRFW, led the 2008 International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development: Seizing Opportunities, Upholding Rights, to address the issues, challenges and opportunities for migrant women and their families. The “feminization of migration” phenomenon already existed because of increased social acceptance of Filipino women’s relative autonomy in household decision making and export-led industrialization.8
Launch of the Gender Justice Awards II, an initiative that recognized Philippine judges who have rendered the most gender sensitive court decisions on VAW cases from 2004-2008.9
Launch of VAW-Responsive LGU awards, an award that was open to all barangays, municipalities, and cities with policies, programs, services, and interventions; and implement and monitor mechanisms to address VAW.
The Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women was signed on August 14, 2009. It expanded the functions of then NCRFW subsequently changing its name to Philippine Commission on Women.
PCW’s GREAT Women Project integrated environmental components to ensure that women’s microenterprises would operate within the bounds of sustainable productions.10
GAD concerns have been integrated in the national peace process through the formulation of the Philippine National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.11
The PCW participated in the taskforce on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Statistics tasked to address the need for sustainable up-to-date and publicly available database of MSME.12
The Commission influenced the Agreed Conclusions of the 53rd UN Committee on the Status of Women in New York, especially on the issues of men’s involvement on VAW and equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.13
Finalized the Gender and Development Code Guidelines, which guides the formulation of an LGU’s comprehensive piece of local legislation or ordinance to support its efforts in promoting, protecting and fulfilling women’s human rights towards the attainment of gender equality and women’s empowerment.14
The NCRFW collaborated with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship for the Go Negosyo: Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan, the biggest women event of the year that featured negosyo basics—best marketing practices for small enterprises, entrepreneurial financial management, leadership styles, competitiveness in the export market, and technology utilization.15
NCRFW on-air: the Tinig ng Kababaihan, the first NCRFW radio program in partnership with Bureau of Broadcast Services, aims to raise awareness of the government’s efforts to promote gender equality and uphold women’s human rights. It was aired every second and last Friday of the month.16
The NCRFW unveiled the PhilGAD portal, the country’s electronic gateway to gender and development. It was NCRFW’s online knowledge base for information on GAD activities and Filipino women’s status in the Philippines.17
The following judges were awarded with Gender Justice Awards II:
• Judge Victoria Isabel A. Paredes
• Judge Marilyn L. Yap
• Judge Albert S. Axalan
• Sandiganbayan Division Award
RA 9710: Magna Carta of Women is a comprehensive women’s rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.
RA 9775: Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009
RA 9995: Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009
RA 10121: Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act and RA 9729: Climate Change Act; aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change and disasters
RA 10028: Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act, called for setting up of lactation stations or breastfeeding areas in public and private offices, as well as in health and non-health establishments.
1 Philippine Commission on Women. (n.d). Herstory. Retrieved here on July 2019.
2 Gender Focus. (2002). Manila: National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women.
3 Philippine Commission on Women. (n.d). Herstory. Retrieved here on July 2019.
4 Philippine Commission on Women. (2007). Yes, to women’s economic empowerment, says LGUs.Retrieved here on July 2019.
5 Philippine Commission on Women . (2008). ASEAN lauds RP for closing gender gap. Retrieved here on July 2019.
6 Philippine Commission on Women . (2008). NCRFW celebrates Pinay power. Retrieved here on July 2019.
7 Philippine Commission on Women. (2008). NCRFW urges Congress to expedite passage of Magna Carta of Women. Retrieved here on July 2019.
8 Philippine Commission on Women. (2008). International confab to come up with Manila call to action for the protection of migrant women’s rights. Retrieved here on July 2019.
9 Philippine Commission on Women. (2009). Launching of the Gender Justice Awards II. Retrieved here on July 2019.
10 State of the Filipino Women Report. (2015). Manila: Philippine Commission on Women.
11 PCW Annual Accomplishment Report. (2009). Retrieved here on July 2009.
15 Phillipine Commission on Women. (2009). NCRFW partners with Go Negosyo for 2009 Women’s Month celebration. Retrieved here on July 2019.
16 Philippine Commission on Women. (2009). Radio promotion of Tinig ng Kababaihan. Retrieved here on July 2019.
17 Philippine Commission on Women. (2009).NCRFW launches PhilGAD portal, the country’s gateway to gender and development. Retrieved here on July 2019.