Cayetano , Pilar Juliana Schramm
Pinay In Action
Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights and staunch advocate of health. She is the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, and proof that there is no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.
Armed with the training of a lawyer, discipline of an athlete and heart of a mother, Senator Pia excelled in her first term in the Senate and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.
In her nine years of public service, she has pushed for the passage of several measures benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health and social services for the poor and marginalized.
Most recently, Senator Pia worked for the passage of three landmark laws. She sponsored and fought for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), a measure that had previously languished in Congress for 14 years. The new law seeks to provide women and families with access to information and services on reproductive health. The senator also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which seeks to generate additional revenues to boost the funding for the country’s healthcare system, even while discouraging Filipinos from the unhealthy behaviors of smoking and drinking. Her third measure is the National Health Insurance Act of 2013 (RA 10606) which seeks the inclusion of the lowest income segments of the population in the PhilHealth system.
Her other legislative accomplishments include: The Foster Care Act (RA 10165); Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act (RA 10152); Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028); Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070); Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994); Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711); Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710); Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9502); National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482); and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512).
Senator Pia has also excelled as an international parliamentarian. She is the first Filipina and Asian in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be elected president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians, a position she held from 2008-2010. Recently, she was given the ‘Rising Star’ award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the 3rd Women Deliver Conference held in Malaysia last May, in recognition of her efforts to pass the RH Law and advance women’s rights and welfare.
Outside the Senate halls, Senator Pia promotes her advocacies through Pinay In Action, which promotes women empowerment; Bike for Hope, which espouses care for the environment and healthy lifestyle; and Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, which helps children with disabilities and special needs. She actively joins local and international marathons, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman competitions, and is an active supporter of student athletes and amateur sports.
A mother, triathlete, entrepreneur and public servant, Senator Pia is driven by the same passion that has made her among the country’s most accomplished leaders. The daughter of the late Senator ‘Compañero’ Rene L. Cayetano has come into her own, making her mark as the Senate’s ‘Pinay In Action.’