Women & Children

“We make change work for women”

Posted on 2017/03/27

March 8 of every year is celebrated as International Women’s Day. With 1,500 strong and resilient women of Cagayan de Oro representing employees and personnel of the City Hall, the national agencies and the barangay women organizations, I graced the gathering to celebrate this milestone of women empowerment.

According to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the acronym of the chosen theme has the following elements:

We stands for Women Empowerment – giving power to women by providing equal opportunities at work, politics and governance, eradicating all forms of discrimination by reason of gender.

Make Change Work –MCW is an acronym of Magna Carta of Women – which salient features include:
• Increasing the number of women in third level positions in government to achieve a fifty-fifty (50-50) gender balance within the next five years while the composition of women in all levels of development planning and program implementation will be at least 40 percent;
• Leave benefits of two (2) months with full pay based on gross monthly compensation for women employees who undergo surgery caused by gynecological disorders,
• Non-discrimination in employment in the field of military, police and other similar services
• Provision for equal access and elimination of discrimination in education, scholarships, and training. Thus, "expulsion, non-readmission, prohibiting enrollment, and other related discrimination of women students and faculty due to pregnancy out of marriage shall be outlawed.
• Non-discriminatory and non-derogatory portrayal of women in media and film to raise the consciousness of the general public in recognizing the dignity of women and the role and contribution of women in family, community, and the society through the strategic use of mass media;
• Equal status given to men and women on the titling of the land and issuance of stewardship contracts and patents.

Change – Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality.

Notably, the Senate approved last March 6, 2017 SB 1305- the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on the 3rd and final reading granting a total of 120 days of paid maternity leave, which can be further extended to 30 days of unpaid leave. Solo parents will also get a total of 150 days of paid leave. The 30 days can be lent to alternate care-giver, spouse, common-law partner, or a relative up to the 4th civil degree of consanguinity including adoptive parents. As for the males, paternity leave will be increased from 7 days to 30 days of paid leave. We hope the President will sign this law soon. This is the change we want, the change which will definitely work for women.

Gender inequality is a serious concern not unique to this country. But thanks to the champions and advocates of women empowerment, we are now slowly closing the gap. The Philippines ranked 17th worldwide and 3rd in Asia in terms of political empowerment, according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap report of the World Economic Forum. Overall, the Philippines ranked 7th in the Global Gender Gap Index, as measured in terms of gender equality, political empowerment, health and survival, economic participation and opportunity.

We still have a long way to go. But with women leaders in all branches of the government championing the cause, advocating for peace and environment, volunteering in the community, our voices are now being heard. We women, are your dependable partners for change. Let us all make change work for all of us.


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Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo is the legal aid center of Liceo de Cagayan University, a privately owned university based in Cagayan de oro City. The group is composed of law students, alumni of the College of Law of the University, and lawyers who are passionate in the practice of alternative lawyering. LiLAC is guided by its vision of a holistic formation of law students committed to the transformation of society by promoting justice, empowerment, unity and peace, through helping the marginalized sector of the depressed areas here in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the world. While the group was registered only this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has been providing services to marginalized communities in partnership with NGOs for more than 8 years now. LiLAC has more than 50 members, 15 of whom are taking the active role of running the groups activities.

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The Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic or Mindanao SULAC for brevity, is the Legal Aid Clinic of Mindanao State University College of law. It is the first and currently the only one of its kind to be established in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It strives to cater the legal needs of the underprivileged and/or indigent clients of the Region and to help promote the proper administration of justice as a key to lasting peace in the region and in the country as a whole.

Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
Contact details:
Email: mindanaosulac@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762



The Notre Dame university is a Catholic Institution in Cotabato City run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and member of the Notre Dame Educational Association Philippines.The Notre Dame University Legal Aid Center started sometime in 2009. Its members are the officially enrolled students of NDU-College of Law.

The following are the official pages and e-mail address of the group:
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email: ndulac@gmail.com


The Palawan Cradle of Rights is a unified composition of law students from Palawan State university school of Law, established last August 26, 2013 after the culminating activity of the Basic Orientation Seminar by the US Embassy in partnership with the MYVC.

Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.


The University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network (ULAN) is a non-stock, non-profit, and service institution of the University of Mindanao. As a service institution, it provides legal assistance, advocates human rights and social justice, and facilitates the formation of law students for alternative lawyering. It consists of law students and alumni of the College of Legal Education of the University of Mindanao committed to provide an adequate and greater access to justice of the community through its programs.


The CENTRO ADVOCACIA LEGAL is organized exclusively for charitable, socio-cultural and educational purposes, more specifically to serve the needs of the marginalized communities specifically children and youth and the minorities in Zamboanga City through Legal Aid Assistance and Human Rights Based Advocacies.