Pia Cayetano wishes Pinays ‘gifts’ of health, free choice, equal opportunities

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Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano wishes every Filipina will have the “gifts” of health, free choice and equal opportunities.

Cayetano expressed her desire for Filipinas to have a better life on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Friday.

In her speech during PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Negros Occidental, the congreswoman stressed the need to provide quality affordable healthcare services for women employees, given the dual role they play as mothers and members of the workforce.

“Gusto ko pong mabigyan ng malusog na pangangatawan ang ating mga nanay lalo na pagkatapos manganak. Mahalaga ding makaiwas ang inyong mga anak sa anumang sakit,” she said.

Cayetano, who is running for senator, said women also need to have free choice in planning the number and spacing of their children.

She said women’s rights were her inspiration in fighting for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act in 2012 (Republic Act 10354) . The law grants Filipino families, especially the poor, free access to family planning services and commodities.

Cayetano vowed to continue fighting for initiatives that provide equal opportunities for women in the workplace.

“Mananatili po akong handa na maglingkod sa inyo at sa inyong mga pamilya. We will keep working hard to ensure for you these three gifts, not only on Women’s Day, but every day of every year,” she said.