Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights and staunch advocate of health. The youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, she continues to prove that there is no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.
Armed with the training of a lawyer, discipline of an athlete, and heart of a mother, Senator Pia excelled in her first term as legislator and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.
In her ten years of public service, she has pushed for the passage of several measures benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health and social services for the poor and marginalized.
Most recently, Senator Pia worked for the passage of three landmark laws. She sponsored the Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354), which provides women with access to information and health care services to realize their reproductive health rights, after the bill languished in Congress for 14 years. She also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which generates additional revenue for the country’s healthcare system, while also discouraging Filipinos from the unhealthy behaviors of smoking and excessive drinking, and Graphic Health Warning Act (10643), which requires all cigarette packages sold in the market to bear picture-based warnings on the hazardous effects of smoking.
Her growing list of legislative accomplishments includes the Act Amending the National Health Insurance Act (RA 10606), 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), Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9502), National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others.
As an international parliamentarian, Senator Pia was the first Filipina and Asian in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be elected president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians, a position she held from 2008-2010.
Outside the Senate halls, Senator Pia promotes her advocacies through Pinay In Action (women empowerment), Bike for Hope (environment and healthy lifestyle), and Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, which helps children with disabilities and special needs. She actively joins local and international marathons, duathlons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions.
A mother, triathlete, entrepreneur, and public servant, Pia is driven by the same passion that has made her among the country’s most accomplished leaders. The daughter of the late Senator ‘Compañero’ Rene L. Cayetano has come into her own, making her mark as the Senate’s ‘Pinay In Action.’