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On Tuesday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged the country’s lawmakers to remove obstacles for women and support the administration’s efforts to end violence against women.

At the President’s Hall of the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Marcos made the announcement as the newly elected officers of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) took the oath of office.

“Remember the commitment you will carry throughout your job as women leaders who will remove obstacles for not only your fellow lawmakers but for every Filipina as well, as you take your oath, “Marcos remarked as reported by the government’s Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM).

In order to prevent and end violence against women and children, promote gender-sensitive governance, and advance equal opportunity and employment for women, I hope you will continue to support this administration “Added he.

Yedda Marie Romualdez (Tingog Party List, AWLFI chairperson), Linabelle Ruth Villarica (Bulacan 4th District, AWLFI president), Florida Robes (San Jose Del Monte City, AWLFI senior vice president), Emmarie Ouano-Dizon (Mandaue City, AWLFI internal vice president), and Ma. Lucille Nava was among the Filipina legislators who took the oath before Marcos (Guimaras, AWLFI external vice president).

The AWLFI, a permanent group of 86 female representatives in the House of Representatives, advocates for the passage of laws that will empower women in all spheres of society and safeguard the welfare of children in neighborhoods in order to advance the legislative agenda for women.

The AWLFI has already submitted nearly 1,400 bills since its founding in 2010, covering a variety of topics including e-governance, electronic commerce, telemedicine services, urban development and housing, fiscal policies, food security, education, health, disaster resilience, labor and employment, social services, protection against discrimination and abuse, and urgent amendments to existing laws.

Marcos applauded the AWLFI members for working on social initiatives like breast cancer awareness campaigns, relief efforts, and fundraising events.

In addition to promising the AWLFI his full backing for its causes, Marcos expressed the hope that they would back his administration’s initiatives to safeguard and advance the welfare of Filipino women and children.

“These initiatives will act as the cornerstones for our vision of a more egalitarian society. Since everyone must be guaranteed a better future, we can only say that we are truly progressive, stated Marcos.

“Because of our shared commitment to improving the lives of all Filipinos, he continued, “I am convinced that your pledge will result in tangible actions.

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