ABOUT SEN. PIA

SENATOR PIA S. CAYETANO 

Pinay In Action

Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights and staunch advocate of health. The youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, she continues to prove that there is no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.

Armed with the training of a lawyer, discipline of an athlete, and heart of a mother, Senator Pia excelled in her first term as legislator and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.

In her ten years of public service, she has pushed for the passage of several measures benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health and social services for the poor and marginalized.

Most recently, Senator Pia worked for the passage of three landmark laws. She sponsored the Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354), which provides women with access to information and health care services to realize their reproductive health rights, after the bill languished in Congress for 14 years. She also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which generates additional revenue for the country’s healthcare system, while also discouraging Filipinos from the unhealthy behaviors of smoking and excessive drinking, and Graphic Health Warning Act (10643), which requires all cigarette packages sold in the market to bear picture-based warnings on the hazardous effects of smoking.

Her growing list of legislative accomplishments includes the Act Amending the National Health Insurance Act (RA 10606), Foster Care Act (RA 10165), Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act (RA 10152), Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070), Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9502), National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others.

As an international parliamentarian, Senator Pia was the first Filipina and Asian in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be elected president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians, a position she held from 2008-2010.

Outside the Senate halls, Senator Pia promotes her advocacies through Pinay In Action (women empowerment), Bike for Hope (environment and healthy lifestyle), and Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, which helps children with disabilities and special needs. She actively joins local and international marathons, duathlons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions.

A mother, triathlete, entrepreneur, and public servant, Pia is driven by the same passion that has made her among the country’s most accomplished leaders. The daughter of the late Senator ‘Compañero’ Rene L. Cayetano has come into her own, making her mark as the Senate’s ‘Pinay In Action.’ #

CURRICULUM VITAE 

SENATOR PIA S. CAYETANO

Educational Background:

1991                                       Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines. Graduated with academic distinction, #7 in her class; Member of the Honor Society, Order of the Purple Feather

1985                                       Bachelor of Arts in Economics, School of Economics, University of the Philippines, Graduated Cum Laude

Government Service:

July 2010 – Present            Member, Philippine Senate, 15th Congress

Chairperson, Committee on Health and Demography, Senate of the Philippines

Chairperson, Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, Senate of the Philippines

Chairperson, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Water Act of 2004

July 2004 – June 2010       Member, Philippine Senate, 13th and 14th Congress,

Nov. 2008 – June 2010      Chairperson, Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, Senate of the Philippines

July 2004 – Nov. 2008        Chairperson, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Senate of the Philippines

Chairperson, Committee on Health and Demography, Senate of the Philippines

Co-Chairperson, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999

Co-Chairperson, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000

Co-Chairperson, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004

July 2004 – July 2007         Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Senate of the Philippines

Inter-Parliamentary Union Positions Held:

April 2008 – April 2010       President, Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

April 2006 – April 2008       First Vice President, Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

April 2005                              President, 10th Meeting of Women Parliamentarians

112th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Professional/ Business Positions Held:

2001 – Present                     Founder, Maxi Group of Companies – Retailer and Distributor of educational toys, infant apparel and accessories

2000                                       General Counsel, Philweb Corporation

1996 – 1999                          Legal and Corporate Affairs, Belle Corporation and its affiliates

1992 – 1995                          Associate Lawyer, Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices – Specialized in Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law

Civic Activities/Positions:

Founder, Pinay In Action – provides a venue for women to take on a healthy lifestyle and tools and information to promote women’s empowerment; organizes annual Bike for Hope

Founder, Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, Inc. – focuses on operation of babies with

cleft lips and projects involving special children and education of the poor.

Founder, Compañero Rene Cayetano Foundation – provides support to the needy with

respect to health, education and environment concerns and aims to establish a

liver center in the Philippines.

Spokesperson, Samahan Laban sa Pekeng Gamot

Spokesperson, Philippine Cancer Society

Spokesperson, Universal Birth Registration Project

Member of the Board of Trustees, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs

Advocate and resource person on maternal health; early childhood care and development; breastfeeding; cervical and breast cancer; migration of health workers; affordable and quality drugs; anti-violence against women and children; magna carta of women; environmental awareness; sustainable forest management; climate change; sports, healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition

Media Activities:

Co-host, Usapang de Kampanilla, DZMM 630khz

Co-host, Ang mga Payo ni Compañero, DZMM

Columnist, Compañero y Compañera, People’s Tonight

Columnist, Baby Magazine and Good Housekeeping

Radio Host, Compañero y Compañera

Publisher of Booklets and Newsletters for mothers

Achievements in Sports

2013

INTERNATIONAL RACES

3rd place in her age-group, Lisboa International Triathlon, Portugal

1st place in her age-group, Xterra Off-road triathlon, Cebu, Philippines

3rd place, Women’s Category, Pilipinas Akyathlon: The Philippine International Skyrace,

Mt. Ugo, Benguet, Philippines

LOCAL RACES

2nd place, Women’s Category, DurianMan 51.50 Triathlon, Davao City

1st in her age-group, Dipolog Centennial Triathlon, Dipolog City

4th place, 21k-Female Category, Perpetual Help Community Cooperative  Anniversary Run, Dumaguete City

Finisher, Condura Skyway Marathon: Run for the Mangroves, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

2012

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, Ironman 70.3, Cebu, Philippines

2nd place in her age-group, Bintan International Long Distance Triathlon, Indonesia

6th place, Women’s Category, Taitung Long-distance Triathlon, Taiwan

2nd place in her age-group, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon, Liloan, Cebu, Philippines

1st place in her age-group, ITU International Duathlon, Subic, Philippines

2nd place in her age-group, 5150 Triathlon, Subic, Philippines

Finisher, Stockholm Centennial Marathon, Sweden

2nd place in her age-group, Pilipinas Akyathlon: The Philippine International Skyrace,

Mt. Ugo, Benguet, Philippines

2011

INTERNATIONAL

3rd place in her age-group, Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur, Philippines

Finisher, XTERRA World Championships, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

1st place in her age-group, 1st XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon, Liloan, Cebu

1st place, All Female Category, XTerra Putik Pare 2011, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Finisher, Megatri (long-distance triathlon), Singapore

2010

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Thailand

3rd place in her age-group, Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur, Philippines

Finisher, XTERRA ‘Putik Pare’ Off-Road Duathlon in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

1st place in her age-group, ITU-Subic Bay Duathlon Open in Subic, Philippines

2009

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, Tokyo Marathon

2nd place in her age-group, Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur, Philippines

2008

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, ING Amsterdam Marathon

Finisher, New York Triathlon

Finisher, Amica Ironman 70.3, Rhode Island

Finisher, Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore

Finisher, ING New York Marathon

2007

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, Western Australia Ironman

Finisher, ITU Subic International Triathlon, Subic, Philippines

Finisher, Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore

2006

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, Venice Marathon

Finisher, ING New York Marathon

2005

INTERNATIONAL

Finisher, World Duathlon Championship, Australia

2004

INTERNATIONAL

Series Champion, Ladies Division, Clark Duathlon

Finisher, San Francisco, Chronicle Marathon (USA)

Finisher, San Francisco Marathon

OTHERS

Youngest Member, Philippine National Volleyball Team (at age 17)

Captain, University of the Philippines, Varsity Volleyball Team (at age 18)

Runner, Cyclist, Tri-athlete and Sports enthusiast

 

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