Pinay In Action: PIA S. CAYETANO

She is one of the country’s leading voices for health, education, women, and the family. 

For 17 years, Senator Pia S. Cayetano has built a track record for getting the difficult, but necessary job done as a legislator. 

She became known for leading the passage of the first Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. This is a landmark law that improved the access of women and couples to information and services related to reproductive health and family planning.  

Cayetano is also the principal author and sponsor of the law mandating basic immunization services fir infants and children.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, she sponsored the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, co-sponsored the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, and co-authored the National Vaccine Program Act – three laws that outlined the government’s response to the global health crisis.  

On the economic front, Senator Pia pushed for the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises or CREATE Law, as chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Called a ‘game-changer’ by economic and finance leaders, CREATE seeks to help businesses recover by substantially lowering corporate income taxes, and boost investments and employment by modernizing the government’s tax and fiscal incentives system. 

Senator Pia also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act, which raised excise taxes on alcoholic drinks and heated tobacco products and vapes to raise funds for health services, and to help the country meets its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a women’s advocate, Senator Pia’s work recognizes the dual role of Pinays in society: as mothers overseeing the home and their children, and as active members of the workforce. To this end, she championed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act, Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act, Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act, and Magna Carta of Women.  

Her other achievements include the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Rare Disease Act, and the law mandating a Persons with Disability Affairs Office in every local government unit.  

A believer in education, Senator Pia has strived to make quality education accessible through laws on ladderized education, open distance learning, the open high school system, and financial assistance for tertiary education students.  She also chairs the Senate Committee on the SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking, which is pioneering efforts to incorporate strategic foresight in policymaking and legislation. A former student-athlete and national volleyball team member during her college days, Senator Pia is one of the principal authors of the law establishing the National Academy of Sports.

Outside the Senate halls, she actively promotes health and wellness through Pinay In Action, and assists poor and differently abled children via Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation. In response to the pandemic, Senator Pia started Pilipinas In Action, a movement aimed at mobilizing the Bayanihan spirit for the most vulnerable sectors. One of its main programs is Bike for Hope, a bicycle donation drive for essential workers and medical frontliners.  

She is dubbed as the Philippine Senate’s Pinay In Action or P.I.A. – Senator Pia S. Cayetano.