Press Release
April 12, 2011

Senate to review laws on children's rights
Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations

"The Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations will review existing laws to ensure that the rights of the child are observed and protected. There are specific laws that guarantee the rights of the child. These include landmark laws like RA 7610 and RA 9262. Still, Congress must make sure our laws are applicable to various circumstances and remain relevant to our times. This is consistent with the Committee's mandate to review all laws that affect women and children. The Committee has already commenced hearings on the review of laws discriminatory to women and will pursue the same effort for laws on children."

"We have so many talent shows and contests where kids are made to dress and gyrate like sexy dancers thinking that it's 'cute' or 'funny.' But in gender-sensitive cities like Davao, the mayor has long banned the swimsuit portion in their annual Mutya ng Dabaw search. There's no reason why we can't adopt this example across the country and show the same respect for both women and children, not only in talent shows but also on TV, advertisements and all forms of media."

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