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.