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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



17 May 2018 05:57:24 PM

The House committee on women and gender equality hit the ground running in its first meeting since the House resumed session. The committee chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy on Wednesday continued its deliberations on fighting electronic violence against women (E-VAW) and recognizing civil partnership of couples. Tackled during the E-VAW discussion was the provision of a 10-day paid leave for women experiencing electronic violence. The committee strove to ensure that such a provision would benefit women while taking into account the interests of their employers. Rep. Geraldine Roman stressed that the provision should not be capped. Roman said that women should be able to rely on the law and the specific provision as often as necessary and justified, especially since the measure establishes requirements before the paid leave can be availed of. Similarly, Elizabeth Angsioco, National Chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, urged the panel to ensure that the bill's provisions serve women facing abuse. Meanwhile, resource persons from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and Land Registration Authority (LRA) contributed insights on and voiced support for the latest draft of the House Bill 6595, recognizing civil partnerships of couples, principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Tackled were provisions in the Family Code that would clash with the rights of civil union partners to adopt children; matters of property regime, particularly the effects of the measure on the transfer of property; and the actuarial line of the GSIS. Present during the hearing were Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia and Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Reps. Arlene Brosas, Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay, France Castro, Ria Vergara and Antonio Tinio, among others. (CMB Engracia/G Engay)