This law declares unlawful the act of hospitals and medical clinics in requesting, soliciting, demanding or accepting any deposit or any form of advance payment as a prerequisite for the treatment of a patient in such hospital or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support as dictated by good practice of medicine to prevent death or permanent disability. This law is beneficial to women and their families, especially those from the depressed areas, because when faced with medical emergency situations they need not worry about giving deposit with the hospital before they can be treated, such practice is now a crime.
The National Children's Broadcasting Day
An act declaring every second Sunday of December as the National Children's Broadcasting Day
The Government Service Insurance System Act of 1997
PD No. 1146 was amended to expand and increase the coverage and benefits of members of GSIS or those working in the public sector in response to the changing and increased needs of the members. It also introduced institutional reforms to have more flexibility in order for the GSIS to perform its mission of providing social security protection more effectively. Women as members of the GSIS will also benefit from these increased coverage and benefits.
Magna Carta for Small Enterprises
Republic Act 6977 was enacted in recognition of the potential of small and medium enterprises to generate employment and economic growth and to promote its growth and development. It espouses the principle of having minimal set of rules, simple procedures and requirements, minimum regulation to encourage entrepreneurial spirit.
This law amended RA 6977. It increased the required value of the total assets of small and medium enterprises. Among those eligible for government assistance are business activities within the major sectors of the economy. Programs of financing corporation shall be exclusively targeted to medium, small and micro-sized enterprises. This law will benefit women who may now undertake business activities and get structural, financial and technical support from this law.
Declaring 1997 as Anti-Migrant Trafficking Year
Declaring the period January to December 1997 as the "Anti-migrant Trafficking Year"
General Appropriations Act of 1997
This Act provides that a certain percentage of the appropriations for government agencies shall be earmarked for gender and development.
Executive order directing all National Government Agencies and Government-Owned and-Controlled Corporations to provide day care services to children of their employees under five years of age.
Amends Executive Order No. 356 to include the National Council on the Role of Filipino Women in the membership of the Social Reform Council.
Family Thanksgiving Day
Declaring the Fourth Sunday of September as "Family Thanksgiving Day"
Paternity Leave Act of 1996
This Act allows every married male employee in the private and public sectors not to work for seven days but continues to earn his compensation on the condition that his legitimate spouse has delivered a child or suffered a miscarriage for purposes of enabling him to effectively lend support to his wife in her period of recovery and/or in the nursing of the newly-born child.
The period of seven days is too short a time to assist a wife and newborn child. Besides, the law grants the benefit to married employees only. It somehow discriminates against unmarried fathers and mothers, without impediment to marry each other, because their choice not to be married would result to not being able to avail of this benefit.