The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), formerly known as the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), has its story linked to the history of Philippine feminism, women’s movements and gender mainstreaming.
To date, the Commission is the primary policymaking and coordinating body on women and gender equality concerns. It continues to build upon the past efforts and achievements in advancing the status of women. It acts as catalyst for gender mainstreaming, authority on women’s concerns, and lead advocate on women’s empowerment, gender equity and gender equality in the country.
It has a Board of Commissioners that sets its policies, programmes and campaigns. It is led by an Executive Director assisted by the Deputy Executive Directors for Operations and Management Services and the Chiefs of five functional divisions: Policy Development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Sectoral Coordination; Technical Services and Regional Coordination; Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management; and Administrative and Finance.
On August 14, 2009, through the Republic Act 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women, the NCRFW was renamed to PCW, its mandate was expanded and its structure and staffing pattern was revised with the assistance from the Department of Budget and Management. The Commission is then tasked to monitor and oversight the implementation of the Magna Carta, as well as to ensure that government agencies are capacitated in its effective implementation.
To illustrate the position of women and the Commission in the history of the country, below were the series of events that transpired from 1970s to present:
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