ABOUT SEN. PIA

SENATOR PIA S. CAYETANO
Pinay In Action

Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights, health and education. A mother, lawyer, triathlete and entrepreneur, she proves that there is no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.

The youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, Senator Pia excelled in her first term from 2004 to 2010, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.

In the last eleven years, she has pushed for the passage of several laws benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health services and make quality education accessible to all. Senator Pia likewise supports the protection and preservation of our cultural and historical heritage for present and future generations.

Her recent legislative accomplishments include landmark laws on health, including the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), a measure that had languished previously in Congress for over a decade; Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351); Graphic Health Warning Act on tobacco and cigarette products (RA 10643), and the National Health Insurance Act (RA 10606).

Currently the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, Sen. Pia shepherded the passage of three major education reform laws: The Ladderized Education Act (RA 10647), Iskolar ng Bayan Act (RA 10648), and Open Distance Learning Act (RA 10650).

Her other achievements include the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070), Foster Care Act (RA 10165), Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act (RA 10152), Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711), Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9052), National Anti-Rabies Awareness Act (9842), and Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512).

As an international parliamentarian, Senator Pia was elected president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). She is the first Filipina and Asian to occupy the position, which she held from 2008 to 2010. She was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the 3rd Women Deliver Conference held in Malaysia in May 2013. The award recognized her efforts to pass the RH Law and advance women’s rights and welfare in the country. In 2014, she became the first recipient of the Jade Ribbon Award from the Stanford University’s Asian Liver Center, which acknowledged her contributions to legislation and awareness-raising on liver cancer and hepatitis-b.

A triathlete, former student-athlete and national volleyball team player, Senator Pia pushes her advocacies through sports and fitness. She leads Pinay In Action, which advances women empowerment; Bike for Hope, which promotes environmental awareness and a healthy lifestyle; and Gabriel’s Symphony, a foundation she started in memory of her son, which helps children with disabilities and special needs. She actively joins marathons, duathlons and triathlons to help promote sports tourism across the country, and also supports the cause of student-athletes and amateur sports. An entrepreneur at heart, Sen. Pia owns and manages a café, Slice, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Whether inside or outside the Senate, Senator Pia is driven by the same work ethic and passion that have made her one of the country’s most accomplished leaders. The daughter of the late Senator Rene ‘Compañero’ L. Cayetano has come into her own, and continues to make a difference as the Senate’s Pinay In Action.# (03-11-15)

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

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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