PLCPD Legislative Agenda in the 17th Congress
As an organization advocating for human development in the Philippines, PLCPD continues to strive to address policy issues that affect the lives of vulnerable Filipinos through population and human development legislation. Through our concerted efforts and with the help of our partners, we were able to shepherd the successful enactment of landmark laws that uplift the quality of life of Filipinos.
The PLCPD Legislative Agenda for the 17th Congress is a new set of commitments that prioritizes the rights of women, children and the concerns and aspirations of vulnerable sectors in society. As a platform for cooperation and advocacy, this agenda will unite the members of PLCPD towards one common goal – to expand people’s choices and opportunities so every Filipino can live a better life.
1. National Food Security Bill
Seeks to streamline the agricultural and nutrition programs of the government by involving small farmers to produce at least 30% of ingredients for various feeding programs. It will also ensure stronger convergence mechanisms between various agencies related to food security such as the DA, DENR, DILG and DOH. In light of climate change, it will include provisions on weather index-based crop insurance.
2. Ensuring the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law
Full oversight of the implementation of the law including budget allocations and the integrity of all its provisions.
3. Women and children’s rights in the BBL
Guarantees the protection and promotion of basic rights for women and children including their right to meaningful participation, equal opportunity and non-discrimination in social and economic activities, as well as protection from all forms of violence and abuse. Women should enjoy their right to public service while children should not be recruited to participate in armed conflict.
4. First 1000 Days (F1D)
Seeks to streamline and specify basic services through a comprehensive, sustainable and multi-sectoral approach ensuring the sufficient financial and health human resources and meaningful participation of government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector towards eradicating malnutrition of women of reproductive age, pregnant women, and children 0 to 2 years old.
5. Maternity Protection
Aims to provide mothers with ample transition time to regain health and overall wellness as well as to assume their maternal roles before resuming full-time work. Consistent with ILO Convention 183, the proposed maternity leave is 100 days paid with option to extend 30 days unpaid leave.
6. Positive Discipline
Seeks to promote positive and non-violent discipline of children and prohibit all forms of corporal punishment in all settings.
7. Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC)
Aims to ensure that CSAC are not considered as children in conflict with the law who are required to undergo rehabilitation and reintegration programs. CSAC’s provisions focus on the prohibition of recruitment of children to all activities related to armed conflict as well as affording them protection from internal conflicts and displacement.
8. Strengthening implementation of RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act)
Seeks to strengthen the implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act by including provisions to increase the resources for rehabilitation efforts.
9. Amendment of RA3815 (Revised Penal Code) to redefine statutory rape
Aims to amend the current provision of the RPC on rape by raising the age to determine statutory rape from 12 years old to 16 years old.
10. Comprehensive anti-discrimination
Seeks to cover comprehensive anti-discrimination measures on the basis of age, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief or activity, political inclination or conviction, social class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, marital or relationship status, disability, HIV status, health status or medical history, language physical features and other possible status.
11. Amendment to RA 8504 (Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act)
Aims to scale-up the government’s response by ensuring that comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support programs are in place. The emphasis of the amendment is on easing the requirements for minors (15-17 y.o) who want to access HIV testing and related services.
12. Review of RA10121 (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law)
Proposed provisions include: a) the participation of children and youth in planning, implementation and monitoring of disaster risk reduction and management activities and b) strengthening of provisions for adequate housing and resilient human settlements
13. Resilient Housing and Human Settlements
The proposed bill seeks to institutionalize a National Framework for Resilient Human Settlements which will serve as the basis for measures or mechanisms for post-disaster housing and resiliency planning, research and development, extension, monitoring and evaluation of programs, projects, and activities to protect vulnerable communities from the adverse effects of climate change and disasters.
1. Magna Carta of Workers in the Informal Economy (MCWIE)
The package of programs include social protection such as social security, health care assistance and social welfare and safety nets, skills building / training, addressing gender gaps, and setting standards in informal economy
2. Social Protection for the Working Poor and Near Poor
Seeks to institutionalize government subsidy for contributions of self-employed workers who are working poor or near poor.
3. Security of Tenure of Workers in the Private Sector
Aims to protect the security of tenure of workers in the private sector and end the practice of contractualization.
4. Freedom of Information
Enabling policy for the constitutional right of the people to access to public information. This includes a national policy on freedom to access information held by government and could serve as a safeguard for transparency and good governance.
5. National Land Use Act
Recognizes the need for a comprehensive framework on land and water use, and to review provisions and implementation of land use laws. This also includes Congress passing the NLUA to resolve conflicting claims on land.
6. Amendment to RA7942 (Philippine Mining Act of 1995)
The bill will be called The Alternative Minerals Management Act. This will recognize the rights of indigenous peoples to own and manage natural resources within their ancestral domain; declaring more critical areas closed to mining not otherwise found in the present Mining Law; revise revenue sharing instead of excise tax; penalties related to violations of mining companies
7. Amend RA8353 (Act Expanding the Definition of Rape)
The proposed amendment seeks redefine rape to be more inclusive of other genders.
8. Protecting the Rights of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Aims to provide a comprehensive approach in addressing basic and special needs of IDPs and ensure their security
9. Absolute Divorce
The law will recognize the previous marriage but will dissolve the union based on acceptable grounds. Thereafter, both parties return to being single and will have the ability to contract marriage again.
10. Amendment to the Revised Penal Code to define sexual infidelity
Seeks to redefine adultery and concubinage to sexual infidelity for both spouses, hence, the application of same penalties.
11. Mental Health
Aims to institute a national mental health policy to strengthen the provision of mental health services.
12. Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
The bill will institute a National Civil Registration and Vital Statistics system towards achieving universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events and legal proof of registration. This will register the more than 10 million individuals who are considered stateless by virtue of their lack of proper legal documentation.
13. Provision of free higher education at public institutions
Seeks to provide a full tuition subsidy for all and future enrollees in State Universities and Colleges.
14. Creation of government agency for scholarships
Aims to create an agency under the Office of the President to consolidate all information and resources regarding public, private and foreign scholarships for students of all levels.
15. Provision of free and nutritious lunch meals at public schools
Aims to address malnutrition among school children by streamlining school feeding programs and provide at least one free meal on every school day.
16. Inclusive Education
Seeks to institutionalize the integration of children and youth with special needs in the public education system and promote their full-time participation in the regular classroom setting of public schools.
17. Strengthening of Programs for Out-of-School Youth
Aims to establish a multi-sectional strategy to organize efforts to help out-of-school youth through opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and employment
18. Socialized Housing Finance
Aims to institutionalize the socialized housing finance programs through the creation of the Socialized Housing Development and Finance Corporation to oversee, implement and monitor the modes of housing finance and development support.
19. Strengthening of Hospital Deposit Law
Seeks to increase penalties of RA 8344 regarding the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer initial medical treatment in emergency and serious cases without deposit or advanced payments
20. Active Ageing
Aims to institutionalize a national strategy to promote the continuing participation of senior citizens in social, economic, cultural and civic affairs.
21. Open Door Policy
The proposal will mandate all government offices to allow all Filipinos to enter their premises and avail of their services. It seeks to prohibit strict dress code policies in government frontline service offices and public assemblies.