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Women’s Rights in the Philippines: A List of Laws Protecting Women and Mothers

Did you know that it’s Women’s Month? In this light, read up on the laws that protect and support women and mothers in the Philippines.


Do you know the laws that protect women’s rights in the Philippines? In the light of Women’s Month this March, we compiled a list of laws (Republic Acts) that have been signed which protect and support women and mothers in the Philippines.  Read about the newly signed law on breastfeeding in a separate article.  


RA 6725 (April 27, 1989)
An Act Strengthening the Prohibition on Discrimination Against Women with Respect to Terms and Conditions of Employment, Amending for the Purpose Article One Hundred Thirty-Five of the Labor Code, As Amended


RA 6972 (November 23, 1990)
An Act Establishing a Day Care Center in Every Barangay Instituting Therein a Total Development and Protection of Children Program, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes


RA 7192 (December 11, 1991)
An Act Promoting the Integration of Women as Full and Equal Partners of Men in Development and Nation Building and for Other Purposes  


RA 7322 (March 30, 1992)
An Act Increasing Maternity Benefits in Favor of Women Workers in the Private Sector, Amending for the Purpose Section 14-A of Republic Act No. 1161, as Amended and for Other Purposes  


RA 7600 (June 17, 1992)
An Act Requiring All Government and Private Health Institutions with Obstetrical Services to Adopt Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Practices and for Other Purposes  


RA 7688 (March 3, 1994)
An Act Giving Representation to Women in Social Security Commission Amending for the Purpose Section 3(A) of Republic Act 1161, as Amended  


RA 7822 (February 20, 1995)
An Act Providing Assistance to Women Engaging in Micro and Cottage Business Enterprises, and for Other Purposes


RA 8353 (September 30, 1997) – this includes marital rape
An Act Expanding the Definition of the Crime of Rape, Reclassifying the Same as a Crime Against Persons, Amending for the Purpose Act No. 3815, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code, and for Other Purposes  


RA 8369 (October 28, 1997)
An Act Establishing Family Courts, granting Them Exclusive Original Jurisdiction Over Child and Family Cases, Amending Batas Pambansa No. 192, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes


RA 9262 (March 8, 2004)
An Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children, Providing Protective Measures for Victims, Prescribing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes


You can read the entire law or Republic Act at this site:


Additional source:

National Statistical Coordination Board website


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  • Guest Jul 31 2014 @ 05:35pm
    I caught my husband cheating on me nasa Jeddah po sya hindi ko kilala yung girl. May anak po kame and 1 year na po kami kasal. Hindi po nya ako tinatrato na asawa. anu po gagawin ko?saan ako pwedi tumawag o humingi ng tulong. Maraming salamat po,

  • Guest Apr 01 2014 @ 05:05pm
    My boyfriend for almost 6yrs is getting worst. Nambubogbog sa mga dahilang walang kwenta at walang katuturan. Nagagalit cya pag naiisip nya na pumupunta ako sa family ko which is beside lang sa bahay namin. Pagod na pagod na ako. I caught him fooling aroung with someone else for how many times already but then, ayaw nyang umalis sa bahay ko. Ayaw ko namang mag report sa brgy. at baka magka eskandalo na nman dito sa amin at maraming chismosa. Ano po gagawin ko?

    Sawang sawa na akong saktan physically at emotionally!
  • Guest Sep 21 2013 @ 01:34am
    Ask q lng po f pwde q b reklamo 1 guy n gang ngaun ay pinagkakalat ang ngyari smin noon...
  • cherex Jun 02 2011 @ 09:09am
    nice article it will help more to all women out there
  • Pedro Binulabog Nov 26 2010 @ 02:05pm
    Whaw. Dis ez zo khul
  • Adaria Joria Nov 26 2010 @ 02:02pm
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