Press Release
July 1, 2013

Urgent measures to focus on women, kids, cyber bullying and sex offenders

SENATOR Ma. Lourdes "Nancy" Binay has lined up on her first day in office 15 bills that set out her legislative priorities in the 16th Congress.

Establishing child care facilities in private and government offices, creating programs for imprisoned parents and their children, mandating gender sensitivity training in the workplace, providing free medical and dental assistance to indigent children, protecting schools from sex offenders, and amending the VAWC Law to include digital forms of violence against women and children are among the 15 proposed bills in the frontline.

Binay has scheduled to frontload all her priority bills this week to ensure that they be referred to appropriate committees once the formal sessions in the Senate start.

The 16th Congress would not begin its legislative assembly until July 22.

Binay said that the early filing of bills is critical to advancing the priorities of the Senate and she hopes that most of the bills that she filed would find their way to passage.

"This is the time I start working on the promises I made during the campaign. This is part of my advocacy and UNA's legislative agenda that I promised to pursue," she stressed.

"Pangako ko nung kampanya na madagdagan ang mga daycare at feeding center, lalung-lalo na sa rural areas. I-expand ang immunization program ng pamahalaan at bigyan ng libreng medical at dental services ang mga mahihirap," the first-termer lady senator said.

Among her bills are The Employers Child Care Centers Act of 2013; Parents in Jail Act of 2013; Special Education Act of 2013, Women's and Children's Resource Development and Crisis Assistance Act of 2013; The Indigent Children Free Medical and Dental Service Act; Firecracker Safety Law; Women and Gender Education Act.

The Anti-Corporate Punishment Act of 2013; The E-Vaw Law of 2013, Rest Period for Women Employees; Sex Offenders School Access Prohibition Act; Philippine Arbitration Commission Act of 2013; Petroleum Exploration and Development Act; Sugar Cane Industry Development Act of 2013 and the Food Fortification Act.

"I want to make sure that the bills we will be crafting are realistic, doable, and would benefit every Filipino family especially women and children. I am aware that it would take a lot of skill to manage and defend to get the bills passed, but I'm ready to discuss and negotiate with my colleagues in the Senate in order to reach the needed consensus on pressing issues," she stressed.

Binay campaigned on a platform of improving health and education. She has likewise expressed her strong support for the advocacy for legal adoption of orphans and vowed to review existing statutes on adoption.

"We are still reviewing current laws on adoption. From there we will identify the bottlenecks in the bureaucracy, simplify the paperwork and legal requisites without compromising the rights and interests of the adopted child," the lady senator said.

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