More laws for women’s protection urged-A A +A
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
SHOWING disappointment over the current administration, Gabriela Women’s party-list Representative Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela said the existing laws for women protection is still lacking.
De Jesus graced the 11th Congress of Gabriela National Alliance of Filipino Women in Iloilo City on October 26-27, attended by more than 200 women leaders throughout the country, including affiliate organizations.
The national congress was augmented by intensified protest actions against the Aquino government for being anti-women with anti-people policies and a march rally dubbed as “Marchas de las Violetas: Filipinas Not for Sale.”
De Jesus said Gabriela has more than 200,000 members nationwide committed to advocacies on women protection issues, including trafficking of women, reproductive health, equal opportunities to livelihood and employment, and access to PhilHealth services, among others.
The party-list lawmaker said more laws must be enacted for women protection, adding: “We will not allow this government to continue to put our land on sale, resources, women and our children’s future.”
Similarly, Gabriela national chairperson Liza Masa said issues on women, water, energy, health, education, and other basic services remained unanswered by the National Government.
Masa said the governments’ failure to provide jobs is worsened by schemes such as contractualization and the two-tiered wage system as it undermines the minimum wage law.
The women sector also lashed out the corporatization of public hospitals that will make public health services more inaccessible to the poor, privatization of public utilities such as power and water which resulted to increase charges.
A total of 16 government hospitals, including the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City and its subsidiary San Joaquin hospital in the municipality of San Joaquin, Iloilo and the Corazon Locsin Montelibano regional memorial hospital in Bacolod City are up for corporatization and subsequent privatization.
Gabriela also decried the liberalization of the mining industry which allows exploration by foreign corporations in areas of peasants and indigenous people. Omen and their families are displaced from their lands and endangering their lives and livelihood as well as the food security of the country as agricultural l ands and forests are targeted for mining. (Lydia C. Pendon)