ORANI, Bataan – Bataan 1st District Congresswoman Geraldine B. Roman was recently elected as one of the Board of Trustees for the 17th Congress of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD).
Also elected in the said organization were five senators namely, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and Sen. Leila de Lima.
From the House of Representatives, elected along with Congresswoman Roman were Cong. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Cong. Kaka Bag-ao, Cong. Teddy Baguilat, Cong. Pia Cayetano, Cong. Sharon Garin, Cong. Edcel Lagman, and Cong. Tom Villarin.
PLCPD was established in December 1989. It is a non-stock, non-profit foundation responsible for the formulation of viable public policies requiring legislation on population management and socio-economic development. It materialized through the Philippine Parliamentarians’ Conference on Human Survival: Population and Development Plan of Action (PARLCON) convened in 1988 which discussed timely issues and concerns directed to human survival. Some of the issues and topics being discussed recently by its members were health issues and paternity leave extension.
Last week, PLCPD executive director Rom Dongeto wants to elevate health issues at par with the attention the drug menace is getting from the media. Dongeto said reproductive health concerns is equally compelling and life threatening citing the Philippines is still considered one of the countries with high maternal mortality rates.
Meanwhile, one of PLCPD members, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel has filed a bill seeking to increase to 15 days the current seven-day paternity leave benefit being enjoyed by all married male employees.
Under House Bill (HB) 3401, the Mindanaoan lawmaker seeks to double the mandatory paid paternity leave benefit of private and public male employee for each of the first four childbirths of his lawful wife with whom he is cohabitating.
“We have to give fathers at least half a month off work, with full pay, for them to be able to lend ample support to their wives in nursing their newborns, and to help mothers recuperate from childbirth,” Pimentel stressed.