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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco (Male)
Year of birth
1977
Additional information
Elected on 13 Oct. 2020.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Jocelia Bighani C. Sipin (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Elected on 13 Oct. 2020.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
219
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
85
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
27.96% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
85
Oldest member
Imelda R. Marcos (Female)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
219
Number of women elected
85
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
85

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
219
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
85
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Alan Peter S. Cayetano (Male)
Date of election
22.07.2019
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1946
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1937
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under US administration, women were granted the right to vote on 30 April 1937 by the Plebiscite Law, Commonwealth Act No. 34. This right was confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1937
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Prior to independence, under US administration, women were granted the right to vote on 30 April 1937 by the Plebiscite Law, Commonwealth Act No. 34. This right was confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1941

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc (AWLFI)
(January 2010)
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The AWLFI is composed of all women legislators in the House of Representatives and is non-partisan. There are around 86 members.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The AWLFI works to advance the women's legislative agenda. It lobbies for the passage of legislative initiatives to strengthen the position of women and the welfare of children in society, such as the Magna Carta for Women, the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. The caucus works to ensure that legislation and draft bills seeking to strengthen the position of women and the welfare of children in the community are properly heard and acted upon.

In 2019, House Bill Number 2810 is under discussion to establish resource development and crisis centers for women and children across the country, especially for victims of abuse.

Each year, it is tradition for the AWLFI to host an all-women session, in partnership with the House committee on women and gender equality.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
S-219, 2/F, South Wing Building
Batasan Hills
Quezon City
Philippines