Maligayang Araw ng Kababaihan!


As Filipina, are you aware of our Philippine laws which protect our distinctive rights?

In celebration of Women’s Month this March, specifically today, March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, let me share to you the glimpse of Philippine laws or Republic Acts that have been signed which aim to protect and support women and mothers in our native land.

RA 6725 (April 27, 1989)
An Act Strengthening the Prohibition on Discrimination Against Women with Respect to Terms and Conditions of Employment, Amending for the Purpose Article One Hundred Thirty-Five of the Labor Code, As Amended

RA 6972 (November 23, 1990)
An Act Establishing a Day Care Center in Every Barangay Instituting Therein a Total Development and Protection of Children Program, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes

RA 7192 (December 11, 1991)
An Act Promoting the Integration of Women as Full and Equal Partners of Men in Development and Nation Building and for Other Purposes

RA 7322 (March 30, 1992)
An Act Increasing Maternity Benefits in Favor of Women Workers in the Private Sector, Amending for the Purpose Section 14-A of Republic Act No. 1161, as Amended and for Other Purposes

RA 7600 (June 17, 1992)
An Act Requiring All Government and Private Health Institutions with Obstetrical Services to Adopt Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Practices and for Other Purposes

RA 7688 (March 3, 1994)
An Act Giving Representation to Women in Social Security Commission Amending for the Purpose Section 3(A) of Republic Act 1161, as Amended

RA 7822 (February 20, 1995)
An Act Providing Assistance to Women Engaging in Micro and Cottage Business Enterprises, and for Other Purposes

RA 8353 (September 30, 1997)      *Includes marital rape
An Act Expanding the Definition of the Crime of Rape, Reclassifying the Same as a Crime Against Persons, Amending for the Purpose Act No. 3815, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code, and for Other Purposes

RA 8369 (October 28, 1997)
An Act Establishing Family Courts, granting Them Exclusive Original Jurisdiction Over Child and Family Cases, Amending Batas Pambansa No. 192, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes

RA 9262 (March 8, 2004)
An Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children, Providing Protective Measures for Victims, Prescribing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes

RA 10028 (March 16, 2010)

An Act expanding the promotion of breastfeeding, amending for the purpose of Republic Act 7600, or an Act providing incentives to all government and private health institutions with rooming – in and breastfeeding practices and for other purposes.

* I had a chance to impart this topic in CUFI last Sunday, in celebration of Women’s Month and I desired to present our Philippine laws in a chronological and historical order.

 As Filipina women, when we are aware of our rights and when we are knowledgeable about our Philippine laws, then we can protect ourselves against one’s injustices, humiliation, and unfair labor practices.

Gone are the days when a Filipina is naïve about her human rights, since we are biological, psychological and sociocultural being, then we are subjected to fair treatment, dignified living and reasonable professional benefits.

 03082016 JFPV International WOMEs Day

Mabuhay ka, isang dakilang Filipina! 

– Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm



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