Let women lead economic development, says Legarda

Former Senator Loren Legarda for three terms (file photo)

Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda on Tuesday called for continued improvement in women’s empowerment policies to enable women’s active participation in the country’s economic development.

“As the leading nation in Southeast Asia in closing the gender gap, we should be continuously challenged to further strengthen our women’s empowerment policies and initiatives,” the Vice President said. of the House in a press release.

“Let’s be a country that not only protects women’s rights, but also provides easy access to economic opportunities for all Filipino women.

The former three-term senator drafted and sponsored landmark laws for women, such as the Violence Against Women and Children Act, Women’s Magna Carta, Child Labor Act and human trafficking law.

But she pointed out that these laws were not enough to strengthen the role of Filipino women as active agents of change.

“It is not enough that we only have the laws. More importantly, we are properly enforcing these regulations, and there is enough funding to promote them, for example, livelihood programs that will benefit our women,” Legarda said.

“It is time for us to provide more opportunities for women in the fields of education, work, entrepreneurship, rural development, governance and leadership.”

Legarda also pointed out that women play a vital role in the pursuit of economic development.

She said the government should invest in women’s potential, skills and talents by providing them with better access and control over resources, income alternatives, training and opportunities for start-ups and businesses. entrepreneurship to achieve economic empowerment.

During her years of public service, Legarda drafted and funded legislation to meet the needs of Filipina women towards financial independence.

These laws include the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and the Barangay Livelihoods and Vocational Training Act, as well as national programs such as the DTI Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), as well as DOST Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), DOLE Pangkabuhayan.

“I have had dialogues with various women’s organizations and sector groups to understand their concerns and find ways to provide better support and assistance,” she said.

“Through these dialogues, their perseverance and ingenuity have given me hope that by bringing government programs on livelihoods and capacity building closer to them, we can provide our women with the opportunity to maximize their full potential.”

The Lone Ancient District representative also collaborated with UN Women WeEmpower Asia Philippines in 2021.

Legarda has extended livelihood assistance under the DOLE Pangkabuhayan program to women-led organizations such as the Quezon City-based Alyansa ng Nakatatanda sa Komunidad (ANAK) for their community food bank and the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) based in Manila which received looms and sewing machines to provide alternative livelihoods to repatriated migrant women, victims of trafficking and survivors.

“I believe in the ability of Filipino women to lead the country’s economic development with proper investment and support,” Legarda said.

“As I have always done before, I will continue to champion inclusiveness in our nation building and promote women’s employment and economic advancement. What we should be doing now is harnessing the skills of Filipino women, as they have the ability to lead communities towards resilience and sustainable growth.

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