Pinay In Action: PIA S. CAYETANO

Senator Pia S. Cayetano is one of the country’s leading advocates of health, education, women, and the family. 

Throughout her career as a lawmaker, Senator Pia has built a track record for getting the difficult but necessary job done for the best interest of the people. 

She first became known for pressing the passage of the country’s first Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, a landmark law that increased women’s access to reproductive health and family planning information and services.  

This past year, 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 comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As Ways and Means Chair, Senator Pia sponsored the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises or CREATE Law. Acknowledged as a game-changer by economic and financial leaders, CREATE seeks to help businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic, and boost investments and employment.  She also led the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2020, which hiked the excise taxes on alcoholic drinks and heated tobacco products and vapes to raise funds for health and to help meet the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a women’s advocate, Senator Pia’s work recognizes the dual role of women in society: as mothers overseeing the home and their children, and as active members of the workforce. 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 the establishment of a Persons with Disability Affairs Office in every local government unit.  

A believer in education, Senator Pia has strived to make quality education accessible to all through laws on ladderized education, open distance learning, open high school system, and financial assistance for tertiary education students.  She also currently chairs the Senate Committee on the SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking.

Outside the halls of Congress, she actively promotes health and wellness through Pinay In Action, and helps poor and differently abled children via Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation.  Most recently, Senator Pia started Pilipinas In Action, a movement aimed at mobilizing the bayanihan spirit online in times of crisis. One of its main programs is Bike for Hope, a bicycle donation drive for essential workers and medical frontliners battling the pandemic.  

She is the Philippine Senate’s Pinay In Action or PIA, Senator Pia S. Cayetano.