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Whatever happened to RA 7192?


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:05:00 08/12/2008

Filed Under: Foreign Aid, Women, Laws

I read with keen interest Albert del Rosario?s article ? Corruption-free ODA program: A national priority.? (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 7/28/08)

I am curious how government has implemented the provisions of Republic Act 7192 (Women In Development and National-Building Act), particularly the following provisions, which concern the allocation of official development assistance (ODA) funds for women.

?Section 2. Declaration of Policy. The State recognizes the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men...

?To attain the foregoing policy:

?(1) A substantial portion of official development assistance funds received from foreign governments and multilateral agencies and organizations shall be set aside and utilized by the agencies concerned to support programs and activities for women;

?Section 4. Mandate?The NEDA [National Economic and Development Authority] with the assistance of Commission on the Role of Filipino Women shall:

?(1) Formulate and prioritize rural or countryside development programs or projects, provide income and employment opportunities to women in rural areas and thus, prevent their heavy migration from rural to urban or foreign countries.?

This law was intended to address the exodus of women, especially mothers, who go abroad, risking life and limb and leaving their loved ones, to work as domestics, since they have no other alternative source of income to support their families.

As I travel around the country, I do not see any sign that this law is being implemented, especially in rural and marginalized communities. The half-hearted or lack of implementation of the law is further manifested in the continuing migration of women to work as domestics in foreign countries.

SANTANINA TILLAH RASUL, founder and chairperson, Magbassa Kita Foundation Inc., mkfi@pldtdsl.net



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