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Interview with Rep. Pia Cayetano, Deputy Speaker on the Proposed Divorce Law

| October 2, 2017

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Pilar Juliana “Pia” Schramm Cayetano (born March 22, 1966), popularly known as Compañera Pia or Pia, is a Filipino lawyer and was the youngest woman elected Senator in the history of the Republic of the Philippines. She was first elected senator in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. A known advocate of women and children’s rights, she is best known for pushing for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RA 10354), the Expanded Breastfeeding Promoting Act (RA 10028), and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), among others. Senator Pia is also a triathlete and an advocate of sports and the rights of athletes.[1] She is the sister of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Following the May 9, 2016 elections, Cayetano ran and won a seat as representative of the second district of Taguig City.[1]

She was responsible for passing the ‘Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Law’ and the ‘Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Law,’ both of which seek to strengthen State mechanisms to ensure safe and affordable quality drugs for all.[8] She also authored or co-authored the Foster Care Act (RA 10165), Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act (RA 10152), Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070), National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others.

Most recently, Senator Cayetano worked for the passage of two landmark laws, the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), for which she was the principal sponsor, and the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which sought to fund government health programs from tax proceeds from cigarettes and alcohol products.

Cayetano is an advocate of sports as part of a holistic youth development program, prevention of diseases, and the need for a healthy and fit lifestyle. She is the founder of Gabriel Symphony Foundation which was established following the death of her son Gabriel, who was diagnosed with multiple congenital anomalies.[10] The foundation helps children with disabilities and life-threatening ailments. She is also the founder of the Compañero Rene Cayetano Foundation in memory of her father, which helps the underprivileged in the areas of health, education, and environment, as well as Pinay In Action (PIA), which promotes health, fitness, and women empowerment.[11] She is a member of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a spokesperson of the Philippine Cancer Society and the Universal Birth Registration Project

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