Pia: World sees Metro Manila as ‘face’ of PH

House Deputy Speaker Pia S. Cayetano on Friday urged her fellow public servants in Metro Manila to set the bar for good leadership, while noting that other countries primarily look to the National Capital Region (NCR) as the ‘face’ of the nation.

Speaking before the second general assembly of the Metro Manila Councilors League held in Pasay City, the Taguig City representative said that NCR councilors play an important role in building the image of what the rest of the world sees about the Philippines.

“Everybody looks at us in Metro Manila, what we do here,” Cayetano told the assembly. ‘The country is watching us, the world is watching us, and they look to Metro Manila. Tayo po ang nasa frontline in creating our image (before the world).”

Cayetano likewise emphasized the importance of accountability and transparency for government leaders, especially in the era of social media.

“In this age of social media, the demands are very high. You, me, all of us can easily be questioned. Our decisions can be easily attacked, and so the least we can do is to be transparent,” she explained.

“If we follow fair play, then to a certain extent, they (critics) would have no reason to question our decisions. If we follow the procedures that we ourselves helped legislate, clean na tayo doon. And beyond that, the most we can do is to how to make ourselves better. This makes it easier (to do our jobs) because we become accountable to every single person.”

In ending her speech, Cayetano urged her fellow public servants, especially young and first-time elected leaders, to reflect on their purpose for joining public service, and what can they do to make a difference in the lives of their respective constituents in Metro Manila. #

Pia meets with Occidental Mindoro leaders

House Deputy Speaker Pia S. Cayetano on Thursday (September 6) addressed the assembly of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) in the province of Occidental Mindoro, where she emphasized the importance of effective leadership.

Cayetano, who also represents the second district of Taguig City, told the assembly composed of provincial board members, vice mayors, councilors, barangay chairpersons and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) youth leaders how it is important for public servants not to be just leaders of people, but leaders who can inspire change.

“There is good leadership and there is bad leadership. Someone may be considered a good leader simply because he or she has followers, or can speak well, but it does not mean that you are doing good service. You may be able to command an audience, but are you the kind of leader who can inspire people? That is the challenge,” she said.

Cayetano added that change need not come on a grand scale to be relevant. Rather, making a difference in people’s lives can be achieved in small pockets of opportunities.

PCL President and Board Member Mark Ramirez and Board Member AJ Rebong led the assembly, which gathered 100 leaders from the 11 municipalities of Occidental Mindoro province. #

 

Hugpong ng Pagbabago endorses Pia Cayetano

The regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) has endorsed House Deputy Speaker Pia S. Cayetano as one of its prospective ‘senatoriables’ for the national and local elections in 2019.

A former two-term senator and the current second district representative of Taguig City, Cayetano has consistently placed among the top preferences for senator in nationwide pre-election surveys conducted by polling firms in recent months.

At the party’s convention and mass oath-taking held in SM Lanang, Davao City last Friday, August 17, Cayetano thanked the HNP leadership for choosing to endorse her, and for firmly believing in her capabilities as a public servant.

The Taguig City lawmaker personally thanked Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte of the HNP whom she had worked with in programs for women and health when Cayetano was still a senator.

Cayetano also thanked the Davao City mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, who had been one of her mentors since she started out in politics in 2004. The President was the main guest speaker at the HNP assembly, which was attended by more than 6,000 leaders and supporters.

She said national and local officials should take inspiration from the President and the Davao City Mayor, whose vision and political will have made them into effective leaders who are respected and trusted by the people. “I am so proud to stand by our President and Mayor Sara Duterte,” Cayetano said. #

Pia: Encourage self expression among the youth

In an intimate talk with students, teachers, writers, and bloggers in Davao City, House Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Representative emphasized the importance of encouraging self-expression and developing communication skills, especially among the youth.

Cayetano met with officers and members of ‘Resurgent PH’ over the weekend, a group committed to bring out facts and truth on current issues affecting the country through social media.

She said teachers could play a crucial role to encourage self-expression in their students, so that the latter are freely able to convey their thoughts and concerns to society, including their fellow youth, elders and leaders.

To be able to do this, Cayetano said young people must find within them the passion to write or post about subject matters that are close to them, such as family, friendship, education or culture.

On the other hand, she said developing communication skills (oral and written) also empowers by giving our youth the tools they need to be able to convey their messages clearly and effectively to a wide and diverse audience.

Cayetano noted that the K-12 basic education program encourages the use of the ‘mother tounge’ to facilitate better learning, particularly for young students, including those in regions where local languages are widely used in addition to Filipino and English.

This is a good start, but she added that educators must not lose sight of our ‘natural advantage’ as a people when it comes to speaking and writing in English. She underscored how effective messaging starts from one’s passion, aided by communication skills, including the ability to communicate using the languages that are most spoken around the world. #

Pia brings message of hope to community gutted by fire

House Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano on Thursday personally visited a coastal community in Davao City where some 300 families lost their homes to separate fire incidents earlier this month.

Cayetano, who was in Davao City over the weekend to attend the convention of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party, took the opportunity to visit the fire evacuees who have taken refuge at the covered court of Brgy. 76-A in Bucana, Davao City.

Two fire incidents that happened only days apart (August 7 and 9) struck separate areas in the barangay, rendering nearly 300 families there homeless.

Aside from offering emergency relief assistance to the evacuees in coordination with the office of foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (the Deputy Speaker’s younger brother), Cayetano also offered her message of hope that the residents would soon be able to rebuild their homes.

“I have never experienced losing my house to a fire, and so I could never claim to know the extent of the pain that all of you are now going through. But I have experienced how it feels to lose an important part of my life, two members of my family, and so it is through conversations like these that we are able to relate with and support each other,” she told the evacuees.

“Tragedies can strike anyone, anywhere, and sometimes at the most difficult time. It is during these moments that our faith gets tested. But we just have to continue to persevere and recover, even if it means rebuilding from scratch. We do this not only for ourselves, but also for our loved ones and children,” she stressed.

The Deputy Speaker also had a surprise for the children evacuees whom she treated to ice cream.

Cayetano also thanked Barangay 76-A leaders and community volunteers whom she urged to take good care of the most vulnerable among the evacuees, including women, especially nursing mothers, young children, and the elderly. #

Cayetano addresses evacuees of Brgy 76-A in Bucana, Davao City

Kadayawan: A celebration of indigenous culture, diversity

Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano took part in the celebration of the 33rd Kadayawan Festival in Davao City over the weekend.

 

Kadayawan is an annual festival that celebrates the culture and diversity of Davao’s indigenous people’s groups or tribes. Every year, during the third week of August, local and foreign tourists troop to Davao City to experience the week-long affair which includes parades, contests, and exhibits showcasing various indigenous arts, dances, products and culture. The festival’s name comes from the Dabawenyo word, ‘Madayaw’ which means ‘good’ and ‘beautiful.’

 

Cayetano visited Dula Kadayawan at the Davao City People’s Park on Friday morning, August 17th. ‘Dula’ which means ‘game,’ refers to the test of skills and friendly games that pitted representatives from each of Davao’s 11 indigenous groups. The participants wore their traditional colorful costumes, while some brought instruments, toys, implements and weapons, as they took part in several contests that also reflected their culture and way of life.

 

The Taguig representative also met with the winners of this year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan, as well as tribal leaders, and event organizers.

 

‘Kadayawan reflects Davao’s rich and diverse indigenous culture. This indigenous groups embody our history and our soul as a people, and Kadayawan is one way of raising awareness about their contributions to our history and heritage, as well as the issues and concerns that they currently face,’ Cayetano said.

 

From People’s Park, Cayetano proceeded to nearby Barangay 76-A to bring relief assistance to hundreds of residents whose houses were gutted by two fire incidents earlier this month. She also took part in the afternoon at the oath-taking and assembly of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party organized by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. The HNP convention was attended by more than 6,000 local and national government officers, community leaders, and private supporters. #

With the Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2018 winners
With event organizers and a senior indigenous group leader

Pia lauds Big Latch On moms in Cebu

Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano on Saturday joined 317 mothers in Cebu City who simultaneously breastfed their babies in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

The principal author of the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Cayetano relayed her support to the organizers and participants of the ‘Big Latch On’ (BLO) for actively raising public awareness and promoting the culture of breastfeeding among mothers in their respective communities.

The BLO which was organized by Glory Reborn Organization with several mothers’ groups, conducted a simultaneous ‘latch on’ for one minute in several locations, including SM Seaside, SM Consolacion, and three hospitals in Cebu.

Among the laws she has sponsored as a member of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Cayetano said RA 10028 was among the ones she was proudest of for having a direct impact on the health and welfare of mothers and their children nationwide.

RA 10028 directs employers to provide paid lactation breaks for their nursing female employees to allow the latter to express their milk during work hours.

The establishment of breastfeeding stations, which have now become a common sight in public places like government institutions, malls, and workplaces is also mandated under the law.

She expressed optimism that the 17th Congress would soon pass the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill, a related measure which she also authored.

The Expanded Maternity Bill seeks to extend the maternity leave to 100 days which would she said would allow working mothers to have enough time to exclusively breastfeed their newborn before they report back for work. (August 9, 2018) #