WHO ARE THE PARTY-LIST REPRESENTATIVES?

Published June 30, 2022, 2:21 PM

by Faith Argosino

Arlene Brosas: Promoting  the protection of women, children

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene D. Brosas (Photo taken from House of the Representatives website)

An educator and advocate of women and children’s protection and welfare, Arlene D. Brosas is the Gabriela Women’s Party representative in the 17th, 18th, and now 19th Congress. 

Gabriela Women’s Party is a sectoral party dedicated to “promoting the rights and welfare of marginalized and under-represented Filipino women through participation in the country’s electoral system and governing institutions.” It was founded on Oct. 28, 2000.

Aside from her work as a legislator, Brosas currently serves as the vice president for partylist of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. and one of the advisers in the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation Inc. since 2019, according to the information provided by the Gabriela Partylist office to Manila Bulletin.

Gabriela Partylist said its representative studied at the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS), earned a degree in Philippine Studies in 1993, and completed a master’s degree on the same course in 1998 at the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman.

From 1997 to 1998 and 1999 to 2000, Brosas was an instructor under the Humanities Division of UP Baguio and the Department of Arts and Sciences at UP Manila, respectively.

Before becoming a member of Congress, Brosas led the formation of the Anti-Child Pornography Alliance in 2007, which paved the way for the passage of the Anti-Child Pornography Law. 

Brosas also served as an executive director of the Akap sa mga Bata ng mga Guro Kalinga, a nationwide network of volunteer daycare teachers from 2007 to 2009. 

Gabriela Partylist information said that Brosas is one of the principal authors of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, the Occupational Safety and Health Law, the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers, the Additional benefits for Solo Parents, the Anti-Electronic Violence Against Women (EVAW) Law, the Amendments to Strengthen the Anti-Rape Law, and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill, among others.

She also served as an assistant minority leader in the 18th Congress. 

To alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the series of oil price hikes, Brosas has filed a bill that will mandate the government to provide P10,000 aid to help calamity-affected families nationwide, and filed a proposed measure granting workers paid pandemic leaves.

The Gabriela representative was a member of the following House committees: agriculture and food; disaster resilience; foreign affairs; government enterprises and privatization; housing and urban development; indigenous cultural communities and Indigenous People; inter-parliamentary relations and diplomacy; justice; land use; micro, small and medium enterprise development; natural resources; population and family relations; public accounts; transportation; ways and means; welfare of children; women and gender equality; and rules.

She was born on Oct. 30, 1976.
 
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