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.
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(February 20, 1995)An Act Providing Assistance to Women Engaging in Micro and Cottage Business Enterprises, and for Other Purposes
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(September 30, 1997) – this includes marital rapeAn 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
(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
(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: ChanRobles.com
Additional source: National Statistical Coordination Board website
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