In this edition, we will be highlighting the women legislators of Regions 4-A and 5, who are making waves in the political sphere. These accomplished women have made a name for themselves in their respective fields and are also notable for their contributions to the cultural and economic landscapes of their regions. Our focus is part of a month-long special project aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women legislators.
It’s important to note that this feature is exclusively focused on seasoned congresswomen, and not first-time lawmakers who will have their own special project in the future. We asked these remarkable women how they plan to leverage their voices and platform to advance women’s causes and inspire future women leaders.
Region 4-A, also known as CALABARZON, is home to congresswomen Maria Theresa V. Collantes, Lianda B. Bolilia, Marlyn “Len” B. Alonte, Lani Mercado-Revilla, and Ruth Mariano-Hernandez. This region is known for its beautiful beaches, historical landmarks, and delicious cuisine, making it a popular tourist destination. It is also home to various industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism, which these congresswomen work to promote and support in their legislative roles.
Meanwhile, Bicol Region is home to congresswomen Josefina B. Tallado and Marie Bernadette G. Escudero. This region is known for its stunning natural attractions such as Mayon Volcano, the Cagsawa Ruins, and the beaches of Camarines Sur. Bicol is also famous for its spicy cuisine, particularly the Bicol Express dish made with pork and chili peppers. The region is predominantly agricultural, with rice, coconut, and abaca as the main crops. These congresswomen have worked to promote the region’s agricultural sector, as well as its tourism industry.
These women legislators are not only effective lawmakers but also champions of their regions’ cultural heritage and economic development. They serve as role models for women who aspire to leadership roles in their respective fields and are helping pave the way towards a more inclusive and equitable society.
Rep. Collantes, from Batangas’ 3rd Disctrict, is a former local government official. She advocates for the promotion of tourism and agriculture in her district, as well as the improvement of healthcare services.
Rep. Lianda “Siling Labuyo” Bolilia,who represents the Fourth District of Batangas, is a former radio and TV personality who is now using her platform to promote education and environmental protection. Indeed, her brand of “sizzling hot” public service is testament to her care for her constituents in Batangas.
Rep. Alonte, the representative of the Lone District of Biñan City, Laguna, is a former mayor and businesswoman who is now advocating for the welfare of women and children. She authored bills that aim to provide better healthcare services and promote inclusive education for children with special needs.
Rep. Mercado-Revilla, of the Lone District of Bacoor City, Cavite, is a former actress and now a seasoned politician. She is a strong advocate for the protection of women’s and children’s rights, as well as the promotion of tourism and small businesses in her district.
Rep. Mariano-Hernandez, Laguna Second District representative, is a former local government official. She is now advocating for the promotion of entrepreneurship and the improvement of healthcare services in her district.
Rep. Tallado, from the First District of Camarines Norte. Tallado’s aspiration for her constituents is a better quality of life through an improved local economy, enhanced delivery of social services and benefits, a progressive and peaceful society, and ready access to free quality education. Her principal advocacies in Congress included enhancing social justice, protecting the environment, championing tourism, and promoting the welfare of children and of senior citizens.
Rep. Escudero, the representative of the First District of Sorsogon, is a former local government official and businesswoman. She is now advocating for the promotion of tourism and the improvement of healthcare services in her district.
These women legislators have shown exemplary leadership and dedication in serving their constituents. They serve as an inspiration to many, especially to women who aspire to become leaders in their respective fields.
As we continue to celebrate Women’s Month, let us recognize and honor the contributions of women in politics. Let us support and empower women leaders, and work towards a future where gender equality is fully realized in all aspects of society.
As we continue our month-long special feature on women legislators, we have shifted our focus to Regions 4-A and 5. These regions are home to some of the most inspiring and dedicated congresswomen in the country. These women have proven themselves to be true leaders, not just in their respective regions but also in the national stage.
When we asked these women how they plan to use their voices and platform to advance women’s causes and be role models to future women leaders, they all had one answer: they will continue to fight for gender equality and empower women to take on leadership roles in various fields.
It is essential to recognize the contributions of these women to the Philippine Congress and to society as a whole. They have shown that women can be effective leaders and lawmakers, and their voices and perspectives are crucial in shaping the country’s future. Let us continue to support and uplift these women, and let their stories inspire the next generation of women leaders.