SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
A lady lawmaker has lauded the role of women lawmakers in the 15th Congress on the passage of many measures that advance the interests of Filipino women.
"For the past three years, we have been at the forefront of the advocacy campaign for the well-being of women such as gender equality, elimination of violence against women, upholding of women's rights, and other issues that we can think of to really advance the women in our society," said Rep. Angelica Amante-Matba (2nd District, Agusan del Norte) during the March Flag Raising Ceremony of the House of Representatives.
Amante-Matba, chairperson of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality, said the occasion was an opportune time to look back and reflect on "where our struggles have brought us in our efforts at advancing women's welfare."
"Ang galing talaga nating mga babae, because despite all the many struggles, despite everything, we women have the ability to wear a lot of hats and come out looking as if we are not harassed," Amante-Matba said citing this year's Women's Month celebration.
In line with the theme "Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan," Amante-Matba said the month-long celebration underscores women's leadership role and participation in governance to enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance.
Amante-Matba also cited the landmark legislation enacted during the 15th Congress - the RH Law.
"This is the Congress that finally passed the controversial RH Law, its framework and provisions seek to ensure the well being of mothers, giving ample choices whether to have more children or not, by allowing access to safe motherhood and pregnancy, and even family planning," Amante-Matba said.
Amante-Matba also cited the Kasambahay Law, which she said will benefit women and children, eliminating avenues for violence and abuse.
"The law would benefit the women because it will eliminate the avenues for violence and abuses which, in the past, were recurring occurrences, oftentimes borne out of the vulnerability of women to protect themselves owing to their poverty and physical inadequacies," Amante-Matba said.
"I am happy, and so are other women of today because opportunities for our professional goals and educational growth have been opened to us right now, unlike the circumstances of women in the past," Amante-Matba said.
"Women must also stand up and thank the men who are responsible for making sure that they are our partners at making society a better environment for the children of the future generation," Amante-Matba said.