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PROTECTION OF WOMEN, CHILDREN & CONSUMERS

PROTECTION OF WOMEN, CHILDREN & CONSUMERS
 

12 March 2018 05:43:00 PM

The bimonthly press briefing held on Monday centered on measures aimed at protecting women, children and consumers. Committee on Women and Gender Equality chairperson Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said women legislators are grateful that the House, under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, has adopted a progressive mindset on the role of women, as shown by the fact that seven of the 14 Deputy Speakers are women. The House is expected to pass the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill on second reading before recess, she said. Other important bills pending in her committee are the: Fundamental Equality of Men and Women in Family Decisions or Matters ; Strengthening the Family Code in the joint administration and enjoyment of the community property and conjugal partnership of spouses; and Civil Partnership Bill. Committee on Welfare of Children chairperson Rep. Divina Grace Yu said the House approved and transmitted last year to the Senate the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers Bill and the Safe and Non-Hazardous Children’s Products Bill. Committee on Trade and Industry chairman Rep. Ferjenel Biron, M. D. said pending in his committee are the bills: requiring fire safety inspection certificate from companies; mandating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to create the “central business portal” and the Philippine Business Data Bank; and strengthening the Civil Service Commission by institutionalization of anti-red tape units in its central and regional offices. Meanwhile, Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. spokesperson Rep. Chiqui Roa-Puno said women are very much empowered in the 17th Congress, with 86 members, compared to only one when women started in legislation in 1946. | WBundang/GEngay

 
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