Beng pushes law on violence vs women PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:46

Consistently pursuing her advocacy on elimination of violence against women, House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco-Salazar is strongly pushing for Senate approval of a proposed law declaring November 25 of every year as national consciousness day for the elimination of violence against women. 

Climaco is co-author of House Bill 4443, which was  approved at the Lower House and is now pending in the Senate. Main author is Representative Luzviminda Ilagan.

Climaco has been consistent and steadfast in her campaign to promote and protect women and children welfare through the implementation of various projects and programs.

She said Senate approval of the bill will help ensure awareness and consciousness on elimination of all forms of violence against women.

The bill was filed on March 23, 2011 during which the House approved to consider the explanatory note of the bill as sponsorship remarks on the measure. The body also terminated the period of sponsorship and debate and also terminated the period of amendments and approved the same on second reading.

The house approved the bill on third reading on May 16, 2011 with 219 members voting in favour with no abstention negatives votes. The bill was transmitted to the Senate on May 24, 2011.

November 25 is the day originally designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women based on a resolution adopted on Dec. 17, 1999.  The resolution enjoins governments, relevant agencies, bodies, funds and programs of the UN systems and other international organizations and non-governmental organizations to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.

November 25 is significant to many women’s organizations and movements worldwide. This was the day when 3 sisters (Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva Mirabal) from the Dominican Republic, who were involved in activities in the Trujillo Dictatorship, were persecuted and later on assassinated in an accident on Nov. 25, 1960.  The 3 sisters have become a symbol of victimization of women and symbols against prejudice and stereotypes.

The death of the 3 sisters caused public uproar not only in the Dominican Republic but in the whole Latin American region and even spread to other countries.

In the Philippines, as early as 1999, women organizations have been commemorating Nov. 25 as the International Day against violence against women.

House Bill 4443 is set as an enabling mechanism for the UN general assembly resolution at the national level.

Other co-authors of the bill are Representatives Emmi de Jesus, Rufus Rodriguez, Maximo Rodriguez, Jr., Angelica Amante-Matba, Josephine Veronique Resurreccion Lacson-Noel, Bernadette Ramirez Herrera-Dy, Lani Mercado-Revilla, Jane Tan Castro, Maria Josephine Valera Bernos, Abigael Faye Ferriol, Neri Colmenares, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano, Raymond Palatino, Reena Concepcion Obillo, Linabelle Ruth Ramos Villarica and Daryl Grace Abayon. — Marvin Segura