PHILIPPINES: Women's Rights Laws in Place

Oct 28, 2009 Read more: Inter Press Service 21

Although the enacting in August of the Magna Carta of Women - a major law aiming to end discrimination against women across the archipelago - was well-received here, there remain concerns about whether the legislation will be fully implemented.

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arthur

Dallas, TX

#1 Oct 28, 2009
...and just like the other laws, she fails to enforce. Shame, shame, shame.

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

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#2 Oct 28, 2009
Hey! Any hope?
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#3 Oct 29, 2009
It's too much! This male-dominated Filipino culture is way overblown. It's given much too many concessions to women albeit unimplementable favors. Excessive chivalry is disastrous to the economy.

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

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#4 Oct 29, 2009
Jose wrote:
It's too much! This male-dominated Filipino culture is way overblown. It's given much too many concessions to women albeit unimplementable favors. Excessive chivalry is disastrous to the economy.
:( Brother i did not understand! What you meant by this?
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#5 Oct 29, 2009
Yes, Bornleader Bro, Philippine society give much favors to women. Present situation is backbreaking to Filipino men already and still they are asking for more.

Since: Sep 09

Makati City

#6 Oct 29, 2009
hmm really Jose..please elaborate what laws favors women here? i am just curious.

Since: Aug 09

Vernon, CT

#7 Oct 29, 2009
Jose wrote:
Yes, Bornleader Bro, Philippine society give much favors to women. Present situation is backbreaking to Filipino men already and still they are asking for more.
Jose,

Wait until they grant divorces there. The men will be paying child support and alimony.

Does the new laws mean they have to hire any woman for a job, or can they continue to discriminate on looks, age and weight?

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

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#8 Oct 29, 2009
Oho! I know that its a women dominated society. But in all other discussions we are seeing women are not getting rights! Why this kind of 'Chinese noodles' like situation?

Call me Kris or KriBro like PedroBro!:)
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#9 Oct 29, 2009
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6725
AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE PROHIBITION ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN WITH RESPECT TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE OF THE LABOR CODE, AS AMENDED.
Section 1. Article One hundred thirty-five of the Labor Code, as amended, is hereby further amended to read as follows:
"Art. 135. Discrimination Prohibited.— It shall be unlawful for any employer to discriminate against any woman employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment solely on account of her sex.
"The following are acts of discrimination:
"(a) Payment of a lesser compensation, including wage, salary or other form of remuneration and fringe benefits, to a female employee as against a male employee, for work of equal value;
"(b) Favoring a male employee over a female employee with respect to promotion, training opportunities, study and scholarship grants solely on account of their sexes.
Approved: May 12, 1989

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7877
AN ACT DECLARING SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNLAWFUL IN THE EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR TRAINING ENVIRONMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Title.- This Act shall be known as the "Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995."
SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy.- The State shall value the dignity of every individual, enhance the development of its human resources, guarantee full respect for human rights, and uphold the dignity of workers, employees, applicants for employment, students or those undergoing training, instruction or education. Towards this end, all forms of sexual harassment in the employment, education or training environment are hereby declared unlawful.
SECTION 3. Work, Education or Training -Related, Sexual Harassment Defined.- Work, education or training-related sexual harassment is committed by an employer, employee, manager, supervisor, agent of the employer, teacher, instructor, professor, coach, trainor, or any other person who, having authority, influence or moral ascendancy over another in a work or training or education environment, demands, requests or otherwise requires any sexual favor from the other, regardless of whether the demand, request or requirement for submission is accepted by the object of said Act.
Approved: February 14, 1995

And now the Magna Carta for Women.

For men : 0

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

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#10 Oct 29, 2009
What is the problem with all these laws? Its good for their protection and upliftment. Its not against men. Men is naturally stronger than women. Why need to cry?
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#11 Oct 29, 2009
Nowhere can women have more leeway than men but in the corporate world in Philippines. While men break his back to earn his due, women easily position themselves in corporate ladder, or corporate chair.
It's unfair, they say.

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

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#12 Oct 29, 2009
KanoSupremo wrote:
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Jose,
Wait until they grant divorces there. The men will be paying child support and alimony.
Does the new laws mean they have to hire any woman for a job, or can they continue to discriminate on looks, age and weight?
CanonSupremo,

I am just imagining that situation, divorce granted, men have to support children financially. How many children will be there for a man (of above mentioned kind). They will sweat! They will run here and there! Ha ha ha
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#13 Oct 29, 2009
KanoSupremo wrote:
<quoted text>
Jose,
Wait until they grant divorces there. The men will be paying child support and alimony.
Does the new laws mean they have to hire any woman for a job, or can they continue to discriminate on looks, age and weight?
Kano,
Under this proposed measure, a decree of divorce dissolves the absolute community or conjugal partnership of gains. The assets shall be equally divided between the spouses. However, this bill also proposes that in addition to his or her equal share in the assets, the spouse who is not gainfully employed shall be entitled to support until he or she finds adequate employment but the right shall only be effective for not more than one year. This provision is meant to address the economic deprivation or poverty that many women experience as a result of a marital break-up.
The bill also proposes that the custody of any minor child shall be decided by the court in accordance with the best interests of the child and their support provided in accordance with the Family Court provisions on support.

Yes, there will be alimony and child support in the proposed divorce bill.

Since: Aug 09

Vernon, CT

#14 Oct 29, 2009
bornleader wrote:
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CanonSupremo,
I am just imagining that situation, divorce granted, men have to support children financially. How many children will be there for a man (of above mentioned kind). They will sweat! They will run here and there! Ha ha ha
BornLeader,

I see a lot of birth control use and less cheating and mistress's
coming for the future. Maybe these laws will help initiate the divorce law. The instance of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide will probably go up if the men can't run! Thought the same as you!

Since: Aug 09

Vernon, CT

#15 Oct 29, 2009
Jose wrote:
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Kano,
Under this proposed measure, a decree of divorce dissolves the absolute community or conjugal partnership of gains. The assets shall be equally divided between the spouses. However, this bill also proposes that in addition to his or her equal share in the assets, the spouse who is not gainfully employed shall be entitled to support until he or she finds adequate employment but the right shall only be effective for not more than one year. This provision is meant to address the economic deprivation or poverty that many women experience as a result of a marital break-up.
The bill also proposes that the custody of any minor child shall be decided by the court in accordance with the best interests of the child and their support provided in accordance with the Family Court provisions on support.
Yes, there will be alimony and child support in the proposed divorce bill.
Jose,

Seems simular set of laws to the US. In the common law system we have in the state of Connecticut, the alimony is a manditory term that is equal to 50% of the time actually married, unless you can prove the financial status of either party has changed.

They have designed the system around the needs of the woman and child, who is normally placed with the mother. It is a horrible system for a man. Very bias. I think it was designed back in the 1950's to help women who were abandonded by their husbands. Women are aware of the system now and take great advantage when attorney's are involved.

I have been divorced. I loved my wife and my children more than any person could have. My wife was not happy with our life. She filed for divorce , took everything we had made together, my kids, the house and all. Saddled me with a six figure bill, and limited my daily interaction with my kids to every other weekend. I was banished from my home, with the clothes in my closet, and all the bills with only the money in my pocket. But she forgot, I am a survivor! LOL

At that time, the only way I could have changed the outcome, was to prove she was an unfit mother. She wasn't.

I hope the system they will one day have in the RP doesn't end up like ours. It is getting better for the men here, but is still leaning in favor of women. Something there would be better than what they have now. The children are the important factor. Everything else being equal, they should go to the parent who can support them best, father or mother, that would not have to hold the other spouse in financial hostage.

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#16 Oct 29, 2009
Jose wrote:
<quoted text>
Kano,
Under this proposed measure, a decree of divorce dissolves the absolute community or conjugal partnership of gains. The assets shall be equally divided between the spouses. However, this bill also proposes that in addition to his or her equal share in the assets, the spouse who is not gainfully employed shall be entitled to support until he or she finds adequate employment but the right shall only be effective for not more than one year. This provision is meant to address the economic deprivation or poverty that many women experience as a result of a marital break-up.
The bill also proposes that the custody of any minor child shall be decided by the court in accordance with the best interests of the child and their support provided in accordance with the Family Court provisions on support.
Yes, there will be alimony and child support in the proposed divorce bill.
Jose any proposed divorce bill is there? Plz give me links.
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#17 Oct 29, 2009
KanoSupremo wrote:
<quoted text>
Jose,
Seems simular set of laws to the US. In the common law system we have in the state of Connecticut, the alimony is a manditory term that is equal to 50% of the time actually married, unless you can prove the financial status of either party has changed.
They have designed the system around the needs of the woman and child, who is normally placed with the mother. It is a horrible system for a man. Very bias. I think it was designed back in the 1950's to help women who were abandonded by their husbands. Women are aware of the system now and take great advantage when attorney's are involved.
I have been divorced. I loved my wife and my children more than any person could have. My wife was not happy with our life. She filed for divorce , took everything we had made together, my kids, the house and all. Saddled me with a six figure bill, and limited my daily interaction with my kids to every other weekend. I was banished from my home, with the clothes in my closet, and all the bills with only the money in my pocket. But she forgot, I am a survivor! LOL
At that time, the only way I could have changed the outcome, was to prove she was an unfit mother. She wasn't.
I hope the system they will one day have in the RP doesn't end up like ours. It is getting better for the men here, but is still leaning in favor of women. Something there would be better than what they have now. The children are the important factor. Everything else being equal, they should go to the parent who can support them best, father or mother, that would not have to hold the other spouse in financial hostage.
Kano
I can't imagine how divorce will look in Philippines specially in poor countryside. It's okay with rich and higher middle class but I think the poor will just walk out the door and donot come back.
No properties to fight for anyway. And can't pay for filing fee.
Here in the US people are civil, but there many people not used to
having properties divided in two. Maybe period of adjustment but in long run would be fine.
Here people get unemployment check or food stamps, there these are unheard of.
Very different. Not comparable.
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#18 Oct 29, 2009
bornleader wrote:
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Jose any proposed divorce bill is there? Plz give me links.
KriBro, this is the only link nearest to proposed philippine divorce law.

http://jlp-law.com/blog/proposed-divorce-law-...

“Better, conquer yourself”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#19 Oct 29, 2009
Jose,
Following comment i got it from the link given above. Is it possible?

nomos
Nov 11th, 2008 at 3:15 am:

Greetings everyone, I can get legally divorced in a simple way within months.

Issue: How can I obtain legal divorce, as a Filipino, here in the Philippines with its present laws?

1. I can change my Christian religion to any religion at anytime because No less than Section 5 of the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution declares, thus:

“Section 5. No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”

2. Since our marriage goes wrong, I can settle with my spouse on the prospect of divorce, its arrangements on our common properties together with custody our child or children.

3. For purposes of divorce, We or I, will convert my religion to Islam so that I can avail divorce as provided under Presidential Decree 1083, which only applies to all Muslim-Filipinos.

4. Under PD 1083, we have 7 grounds for divorce to choose from depending on the situation.

5. After converting, We will Petition for Divorce in a Sharia’h Court pursuant to our settlement or arrangement on our children and properties.

6. Then it is done, WE ARE DIVORCED and we will then convert again to Christian for the purpose of marrying again.
Jose

Holbrook, NY

#21 Oct 30, 2009
bornleader wrote:
Jose,
Following comment i got it from the link given above. Is it possible?
nomos
Nov 11th, 2008 at 3:15 am:
Greetings everyone, I can get legally divorced in a simple way within months.
Issue: How can I obtain legal divorce, as a Filipino, here in the Philippines with its present laws?
1. I can change my Christian religion to any religion at anytime because No less than Section 5 of the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution declares, thus:
“Section 5. No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
2. Since our marriage goes wrong, I can settle with my spouse on the prospect of divorce, its arrangements on our common properties together with custody our child or children.
3. For purposes of divorce, We or I, will convert my religion to Islam so that I can avail divorce as provided under Presidential Decree 1083, which only applies to all Muslim-Filipinos.
4. Under PD 1083, we have 7 grounds for divorce to choose from depending on the situation.
5. After converting, We will Petition for Divorce in a Sharia’h Court pursuant to our settlement or arrangement on our children and properties.
6. Then it is done, WE ARE DIVORCED and we will then convert again to Christian for the purpose of marrying again.
Yes KriBro I have a few close friends who did just that and converted to Islam got divorced and married a Christian woman who also converted to Islam. No hassles.

But until now they are Muslims.

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