Laws and Policies on Women

Commonwealth Acts

Commonwealth Act No. 647: An Act to Grant Maternity Leave to Married Women Who are in the Service of the Government or of any of its Instrumentalities

Commonwealth Act No. 625: An Act Providing the Manner in Which the Option to Elect Philippine Citizenship Shall be Declared by a Person Whose Mother is a Filipino Citizen

Commonwealth Act No. 613: The Philippine Immigration Act of 1940

Commonwealth Act No. 473: Revised Naturalization Law

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Executive Orders

Executive Order No. 167: Strengthening the Philippine Commission on Women, Further Amending Executive Order No. 208 (S. 1994), as Amended, for the Purpose

Executive Order No. 275: 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

Executive Order No. 12, s. 2017: Attaining and Sustaining “Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning”

Executive Order No. 443: Providing for the Adoption of the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services as the National Delivery Mechanism for the Minimum Basic Needs Approach

Executive Order No. 340: Directing National Government Agencies and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations to Provide Day Care Services for their Employees’ Children Under Five Years of Age

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Joint Memorandum Circulars

PCW-DILG-DBM-NEDA Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2016-01: Amendments to PCW-DILG-DBM-NEDA JMC No. 2013-01: Guidelines on the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women

PCW-OPAP Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01: Integration of Women, Peace and Security Programs, Activities and Projects in Annual GAD Plans and Budgets and GAD Accomplishment Reports

PCW-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01: Preparation of FY 2015 GAD Plans and Budgets and FY 2013 GAD Accomplishment Reports

PCW-DILG-DBM-NEDA Joint Memorandum Circular 2013-01: Guidelines on the Localization of the Magna Carta of Women

PCW-NEDA-DBM Joint Circular 2012-01: Guidelines for the Preparation of Annual GAD Plans and Budgets and Accomplishment Reports to Implement the Magna Carta of Women

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PCW Memorandum Circulars

PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2023-01: Guide for the 2023 National Women’s Month Celebration

PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2022-06: Guidelines on the Implementation of the GADtimpala (Gender and Development Transformation & Institutionalization through Mainstreaming of Programs, Agenda, Linkages & Advocacies) 2023

PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2022-07: Submission of FY 2022 GAD Accomplishment Report

PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2022-05: Accomplishment and Submission of Online GAD Focal Point System Profile Form for CY 2022 GFPS Profiling

PCW Memorandum Circular No. 2022-04: Guide for the 2022 Observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)

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Proclamation No. 1172: Declaring November 25 to December 12 of Every Year as the “18 Day Campaign to End Violence against Women”

Proclamation No. 744: Declaring the Last Monday of March of Every Year as Women with Disabilities Day

Proclamation No. 227: Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as “Women’s Role in History Month”

Proclamation No. 1105: Declaring October 15, 1997, and of Every Year Thereafter, as “National Rural Women’s Day”

Proclamation No. 976: Declaring the Period of January 1997 as Anti-Migrant Trafficking Year

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Presidential Decrees

Presidential Decree No. 1906: An Act Amending the Charter of the Philippine Veterans Bank and Renaming it the Philippine Military and Veterans Bank

Presidential Decree No. 1855: An Act Amending Section Four of the Charter of the Philippine Veterans Bank

Presidential Decree No. 1636: Further Amending Republic Act No. 1161 Otherwise Known as Social Security Law

Presidential Decree No. 1202: Further Amending Republic Act No. 1161 Otherwise Known as Social Security Law

Presidential Decree No. 1083: Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines

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Republic Acts

Republic Act 11862: Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2022

Republic Act No. 11861: Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act

Republic Act 11930: Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children Act and Anti-Child Sexual Abuse of Exploitation Materials Act

Republic Act 11648: An Act Providing for Stronger Protection Against Rape and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Increasing the Age for Determining the Commission of Statutory Rape, Amending for the Purpose Act No. 3815 as Amended, Otherwise Known As “The Revised Penal Code,” Republic Act No. 8353, Also Known as “The Anti-Rape Law of 1997,” And Republic Act No. 7610, as Amended, Otherwise Known As the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”

Republic Act 11596: An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Child Marriage and Imposing Penalties for Violations Thereof

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Other Laws and Issuances

PCW Advisory on Closure of Office Premises on March 15-16, 2021

DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2017-114: Guidelines in Monitoring the Functionality of VAW Desk in Every Barangay

Resolution No.1: Ensuring Gender-Responsive Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action in the Crisis In Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur and the Whole of Mindanao

Memorandum Circular No. 48, s. 2013: Adoption of the Gender Equality Guidelines in the Development of Media Policies and Implementing Programs to Promote Gender Mainstreaming

DILG Memorandum Circular 2012-61: Guidelines in the establishment and management of a referral system on VAW at the local government unit level

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