PCW presents WPLA for the 16th Congress

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the lead agency for women empowerment and gender equality, presented the Women’s Priority Legislative Agenda (WPLA) for the 16th Congress on September 11 at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa discussed the priority legislative measures that the agency will be pushing for the 16th Congress.

Included in the WPLA are the enactment of the Magna Carta of Workers in the Informal Economy, amendment or repeal of specific provisions of the Revised Penal Code and Family Code, amendment to the Anti-Rape Law and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law.

“We hope that legislators would ensure gender-responsiveness of the bills that they will be pushing. They must also consider the bills’ differential impact on the lives of women and men”, Director Verzosa emphasized.

The PCW is optimistic that the proposed measures will be passed in the 16th Congress, especially now that the House of Representatives has 79 women legislators and the Senate with six women senators, the highest in the history of Philippine politics.

The event was attended by representatives of different government and non-government organizations, civil society organizations, legislators, academe and other stakeholders.

The WPLA seeks to repeal discriminatory provisions of existing laws as well as formulate and adopt new legislations that promote women’s empowerment and gender equality. It is primarily anchored on the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) and the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD), as well as the Philippine Government’s international commitments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).