Women Challenge the House

  • Women ruled the House of Representatives for a day to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s Month celebrations in the country. Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 4th District, Bulacan and President of the Association of Women Legislators, Inc. presided as Speaker while Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of Party List-DIWA and Chairperson of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality presided as Deputy Speaker.
  • Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 4th District, Bulacan and President of Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc., Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Lone District, Pasay with her constituent Ms. Maxine Medina, Philippine delegate to the 65th Miss Universe pageant with— her sister, Ferica, mother Marife, and boyfriend Marx Topacio— and Deputy Speaker Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, 1st District, Maguindanao.
  • Calling attention to women’s rights and celebrating women to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s Month at the House of Representatives last March 6, 2017. Rep. Rosemarie Arenas, 3rd District, Pangasinan; Rep. Sol Aragones, 3rd District, Laguna; Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Party List DIWA and Chairperson of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality; Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 4th District, Bulacan and President of the Association of Women Legislators, Inc. as welll as Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Ms. Maxine Medina, Philipppine delegate to the 65th Ms. Universe pageant; Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Lone District, Pasay; Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, 6th District, Batangas; and Rep. Lianda Bolilia, 4th District, Batangas.
  • Philippine delegate to the 65th Ms. Universe - Ms. Maxine Medina (center) with her mother Marife and sister Ferica (8th and 7th from right) receives a commendation from the women legislators of the House of Representatives during its all women-session to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day led by Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 4th District of Bulacan and President of the 86-strong Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (right of Ms. Medina). They are flanked by Reps. Rosanna Vergara, Ma. Lourdes Aggabao, Cecilia Leonila Chavez, Micaela Violago, Cristina Roa-Puno, Ann Hofer, Lorna Silverio, Cheryl Deloso-Montalla, Bernadette Herrera-Dy, and Emi Calixto-Rubiano, with the mother and sister of Ms. Medina, Marife, and Ferica, respectively. Reps. Arlene Arcillas, Victoria Isabel Noel, Alexandria Gonzales, Marlyn Alonte, Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, and Florida Robes.

The celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s Month in the country was marked by the House of Representatives with an all-women led session at the plenary organized by the 87-strong Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) and the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality (CWGE) on March 6, 2017. Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica of the 4th District, Bulacan and  AWLFI President  as well as Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of Party List-DIWA and CWGE Chairperson, steered the deliberations on the rights and welfare of women as the designated Speaker and Deputy Speaker for the day, respectively. “We pressed for action on legislation that impact women such as the suspension of the implementation of the reproductive health law,” says Villarica. They also celebrated women’s achievements such as the top 6 finish at the 65th Ms. Universe pageant by Ms. Maxine Medina who received a commendation. Seven legislators delivered privilege speeches on the  continuance of the peace talks, an end to contractualization which disproportionately affects women, heightening breast cancer awareness, and women empowerment for greater gender equality. Other Presiding Officers for the day included: Rep. Glona Labadlabad, 2nd District, Zamboanga del Norte; and Rep. Lorna C. Silverio, 3rd District, Bulacan. Designated Majority Leader and Minority Leader were Reps. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla and Cecilia Leonila Chavez, respectively.