P-noy and the Ladies of the House: The 65-strong Association of Lady Legislators of the House of Representatives during the courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino yesterday in Malacanang. The dialogue between the President and the lady legislators lasted for three hours, with both parties agreeing to promote the best interest of the country, above and beyond politics and political affiliations.
Photo shows President Aquino with ALL President Rep. Gina de Venecia of the 4th District of Pangasinan and the other congresswomen of the 15th Congress, namely: Rep. Linabelle Villarica, Rep. Rachel Arenas, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Rep. Trisha Bonoan-David, Rep. Girlie Villarosa, Rep. Herminia Roman, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo, Rep. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, Rep. Anna York Bondoc, Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Rep. Daryl Grace Abayon, Rep. Jane Castro, Rep. Juliet Cortuna, Rep. Marivic Sy-Alvarado,Rep. Tina Plaza, Rep. Emmi Calixto Rubiano, Rep. Lina Bagasina, Rep. Ana Go and Rep. Leah Bulut Begtang.
President Benigno Aquino met the ladies of the House in Malacanang last Tuesday, when the members of the 65 –strong Association of Lady Legislators (ALL) headed by Rep. Gina de Venecia of the Fourth District of Pangasinan paid a courtesy call and presented their plan of action for the 15th Congress.
In her speech, De Venecia said that the congresswomen will support the government’s initiatives that will improve the living condition of the Filipinos.
She also underscores the unity of the lady legislators at the House, saying “Totoong iba-iba ang aming partidong- pulitikal, pero pagdating sa kagustuhang mapabuti ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino, tungo sa daang matuwid, kami ay nagkakaisa.”
In an interview, she mentioned that aside from making legislations, the congresswomen have also agreed to become pro-active in implementing existing laws on women and children. “One of which is the establishment of the Women’s and Children’s Desk in every barangay in our respective districts, pursuant to the Magna Carta of Women.
“We will also have a common stand on important issues, such as the anti-corporal punishment bill to protect children from unwarranted harm in the name of discipline.”
At the end of the dialogue that lasted for three hours, both parties agreed to promote the best interest of the country, above and beyond politics and political affiliations.
ALL is the group that pushed for the passage of the Magna Carta of Women of 2009, the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.