Women Lawmakers Take the Lead in House Session

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In celebration of Women’s Month, the House of Representatives will see a significant shift in leadership as female lawmakers take the helm of the chamber’s plenary session. This move, in accordance with Section 15 (h), Rule IV of the House’s rules, highlights the commitment of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez to empower women in the legislative process.

The designated female lawmakers, led by Bulacan 4th District Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, will preside over the session in a specific order. This includes Marikina City 2nd District Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, Pangasinan 3rd District Rep. Maria Rachel Arenas, Alona Party-list Rep. Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez, Bukidnon 4th District Rep. Laarni Lavin Roque, Malabon City Rep. Josephine Veronique Lacson-Noel, Caloocan 2nd District Rep. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy, Pangasinan 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Zamboanga del Norte 2nd District Rep. Glona Labadlabad, and Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman.

Furthermore, Bataan 3rd District Rep. Maria Angela Garcia will take on the role of majority leader, while Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy will serve as the minority leader. This diverse representation ensures that different perspectives and voices are heard in the decision-making process.

Speaker Romualdez emphasizes the significance of this designation, highlighting the House’s commitment to the role of women in lawmaking, nation building, and society as a whole. He recognizes the invaluable contributions of women in guiding critical decisions that impact families, communities, and the nation. Romualdez expresses his deep gratitude to his women colleagues, Filipino women, and especially his wife, Tingog Party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, who leads the House Committee on Accounts.

The House leadership’s dedication to women empowerment, gender equality, and gender balance is evident in this gesture. Women are seen as strong moral pillars, providing guidance and support not only in the legislative realm but also in nurturing our households and caring for our families. Their influence extends beyond the political sphere and into the very fabric of society.

During their leadership, the female lawmakers are expected to prioritize the passage of pro-women and children bills, as well as the adoption of resolutions that address the unique challenges faced by women and children. This focus on gender equality and the well-being of women and children reflects the House’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

As we celebrate Women’s Month, this significant shift in leadership serves as a reminder of the progress made in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. It also highlights the importance of diverse representation in decision-making processes, ensuring that the voices of all individuals are heard and valued.

In conclusion, the House of Representatives, under the guidance of female lawmakers, is taking a step forward in championing women’s rights and gender equality. This move recognizes the invaluable contributions of women in shaping our nation and society. As we continue to celebrate Women’s Month, let us acknowledge and support the efforts of these women in their pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Source: The Manila Times

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