June 1, Quezon City— Coinciding with the conclusion of the first regular session of the 19th Congress, the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) on Thursday morning, June 1, convened to review the status, celebrate the progress, and discuss future strategies regarding PLCPD’s legislative agenda.
The hybrid second meeting for the 19th Congress was co-presided by PLCPD Executive Director Rom Dongeto and Chairperson for the House of Representatives Rep. Josephine Veronique “Jaye” R. Lacson-Noel (Malabon City), and attended in person by Chairperson Emeritus Rep. Edcel C. Lagman (Albay, 1st District.) Other board members and staff representatives attended virtually.
PLCPD’s legislative agenda focuses on advancing children’s rights; sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights and empowerment, and the prevention of violence against women and girls; inclusive and sustainable rural development; tobacco control; clean air and renewable energy; and, protection of the rights of people forced to flee and stateless persons. During the meeting, the PLCPD Secretariat presented significant progress made on some of these priority policy areas during the first regular session of the 19th Congress.
Last December, the board adopted the PLCPD’s legislative agenda for the 19th Congress, recognizing its critical role in expanding opportunities and improving the quality of life of the Filipino people.
As an organization committed to promoting human development in the Philippines, PLCPD remains steadfast in addressing challenges that affect the well-being of marginalized Filipinos by advocating for population and human development policies.
The first regular session of the 19th Congress came to a close on May 31 as both the House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned sine die.