Office of Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin - STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

On International Women’s Day, Akbayan Partylist hopes that the 2019 midterm elections be also about women—what Filipino mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters need and want for their families. Filipino women have often been overlooked, if not deliberately sidelined, despite their significant contribution to every Filipino family, and to Filipino society as a whole. 

Recently passed laws such as the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, and the Universal Healthcare Law should be implemented to their full extent to serve the needs of Filipino women, and address the every day concerns of every Filipino mother who works so hard to give her children a better life.

Akbayan Partylist also calls on all Filipino voters to choose candidates based on how they see and treat women, not as mere recipients of public service, but as equal partners in working for policies and programs for the betterment of Filipino society.

Rest assured that by continuously pushing for pro-women measures such as the Safe Spaces Act, the institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and the Universal Social Pension Bill, Akbayan Partylist remains a reliable partner of Filipino women. ###