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PGMA Signed New Law That Protects Filipina Workers

Date Posted: Aug 17, 2009

A new law that aims to protect Filipina workers was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last August 15.


Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women was amended into law to protect women against discrimination and ensures the equitable participation of women in government, political parties, the civil service and the private sectors.


Under the law, women should be protected against any form of violence and discrimination especially in the workplace.


The Magna Carta also renamed the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women to Philippine Commission for Women that will observe and create policies concerning women and gender equality.


It also mandates the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to strengthen the delivery of services to women workers abroad.


The new law promotes of migrant women’s rights and welfare, regardless of work status and protects them against discrimination in wages, unfair work conditions and others.


Women in marginalized sectors are guaranteed that their civil, political, social and economic rights are recognized, promoted and protected under existing laws.


Aside from the maternity leave, female workers are also given the right to take at least two-months leave in case she undergoes any gynecological surgery.


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were also ordered to hire more female public servants and should not limit their skills to doing administrative tasks.


The promulgation of the Magna Carta is expected to stop the undying discrimination against women and to uplift the status of every woman in the nation.

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