President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace
November 15, 2022

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. administered the oath of office to the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) Officers in a ceremony at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace.

The oath-takers included Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez (TINGOG Party List) as Chairman; Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) as President; Rep. Florida Robes (Lone District, San Jose Del Monte City) as Senior Vice President; Rep. Emmarie Ouano-Dizon (Lone District, Mandaue City) as Internal Vice President; and Rep. Ma. Lucille Nava (Lone District, Guimaras) as External Vice President, among others.

“As you take your oath, remember the pledge that you will carry throughout your role as women leaders who will break barriers not only for your fellow legislators, but for every Filipina as well. I am confident that your pledge will translate into concrete actions, borne out of our collective promise to uplift the lives of every Filipino,” said President Marcos Jr. in his message.

The Chief Executive held the lady legislators in high regard for pursuing programs of social relevance such as fund raising activities, relief operations and breast cancer awareness, among others. He also assured the AWLFI of his strong support to its advocacies.

“It is my hope that you will continue to support this Administration in preventing and eliminating violence against women and children, fostering a gender-sensitive form of governance, and promoting equal opportunity and employment for women. These endeavors will serve as the building blocks of our dream to build a more equitable society. After all, we can only claim that we are truly progressive if everyone can be assured of a brighter future,” the President stated.

Composed of all 86-strong lady lawmakers in the 19th Congress of the House of Representatives, the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. is a permanent bloc that works to advance the women’s legislative agenda by lobbying for the passage of initiatives to empower and strengthen the position of women from all sectors of society and the welfare of children in communities.

Established in 2010, almost 1,400 measures have been filed by the AWLFI along the subject matter of 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, to name a few.

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