Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004
RA 9262 penalizes the commission of violence against women their children (VAWC) in the context of domestic violence or violence in intimate relationships. It defines VAWC as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.
The Law also provides for the security of the complainant and her family through the availment of barangay, temporary, or permanent protection orders. The Law clearly identifies the duties of barangay officials, law enforcers, prosecutors, court personnel, healthcare providers and other government agencies and LGUs to provide the necessary protection and support services to VAWC victims. Furthermore, the Law recognizes "Battered Woman Syndrome" which refers to a scientifically defined pattern of psychological or behavioral symptoms found in women living in battering relationships as a result of cumulative abuse, as an acceptable defense for actions committed by the victim as a result of battering.
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003
RA 9208 penalizes the commission of "trafficking in persons," defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim's consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. The Law also penalizes "acts that promote trafficking in persons such as leasing or allowing the use of property for the purpose of trafficking, producing or distributing fake or tampered certificates required by government, advertising, publishing or distributing propaganda materials that promote trafficking; and facilitating the exit/entry of trafficked persons at airports, seaports and other territorial boundaries. The Law also penalizes the person who buys or engages the services of trafficked persons for prostitution, or of trafficked persons held in a condition of involuntary servitude, forced labor or slavery.
The Law considers the trafficked person as a victim and is thus accorded protection by the State.
Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE's) Act of 2002
An act to promote the establishment of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBES), providing incentives and benefits therefor, and for other purposes.
Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Act
An act promulgating a comprehensive policy and a national system early childhood care and development (ECCD), providing funds therefore and for other purposes.
Solo Parents' Welfare Act of 2000
This Act aims to develop a comprehensive program of social development and welfare service for solo parents and their children to be carried out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and other related government and non-government agencies.
General Appropriations Act of 2000
An Act provides that a certain percentage of the appropriation for government agencies shall be earmarked for gender and development.
Policy on equal representation of women and men in third level positions in government
General Appropriations Act of 1999
This Act provides that a certain percentage of the appropriation for government agencies shall be earmarked for gender and development.
Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act
An act institutionalizing the social reform and poverty alleviaton program, creating for the purposes the national anti-poverty commission, defining its powers and functions, and for other purposes
Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998
For a female to be qualified as a member of PNP, she must be at least one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 m) in height. It also provides for a Women's Desk in all police stations to administer and attend to cases involving crimes against chastity, sexual harassment, abuses committed against women and children and similar offenses. Ten percent of its annual recruitment shall be reserved for women. There shall also be a gender sensitivity program to ensure equal opportunities, prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, and prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex.