What a way to praise mothers! In a bill filed in Congress recently, stay-at-home-mothers will, if approved, get a monthly compensation of Php2,000. Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda proposed the House Bill 8875 or Housewives Compensation Act. This bill is supposed to recognize the efforts and hardships of mothers or housewives. The bill honors their economic value in the community. Stay-at-home mothers who are members of families below the economic status, housewives, and mothers who don’t have any kind of work, whether part-time or home-based are included in this proposed bill. This act will be under the Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD and other LGUs.
Representative Salceda states in his proposal that women have been protected by women’s rights for the past three decades. These rights also promote gender equality where ‘several landmark laws’ have been made and greatly impact women and their welfare. Some of these laws are RA 9710; Magna Carta for Women, RA 7192; Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health Act, and RA 10361; Domestic Worker’s Act. These are just a few and there are still many.
Salceda added that gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, political inclusion as well as leadership, and violence against women are being ignited by the Beijing Platform for Action, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Philippine Development Plan. Because of these initiatives, the country is pushing for the empowerment of women. It focuses on the growth of women in the country. The bill is for mothers who are working hard for their families and they will be honored through this bill. If this will be approved, many mothers and housewives will benefit from it. It will give them additional money which they can spend for themselves or their families.