Pia Cayetano

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Pia Cayetano (2009)

Pilar “Pia” Juliana Schramm Cayetano-Sebastian (born March 22, 1966 in Michigan , United States ) is a Filipino lawyer , moderator , entrepreneur and politician of the Lakas Cabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats ( Lakas-CMD ) and since 2004 Member of the Philippine Senate .


Family, studies and professional career

Pia Cayetano comes from a politically influential family after the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos . She is the daughter of the politician Renato "Rene" L. Cayetano , who was a member of Batasang Pambansa between 1984 and 1986 and a senator from 1998 to 2003. Her younger brother Alan Peter Cayetano was a member of the House of Representatives between 1998 and 2007 and has also been a Senator since 2007. Another brother, Rene Carl Cayetano, is politically active as a member of the City Council of Muntinlupa .

After attending elementary school and high school , Pia Cayetano first studied economics at the University of the Philippines and graduated cum laude in 1985 . She completed a subsequent postgraduate degree in law at the University of the Philippines in 1991 with distinction.

After being admitted to the bar, she worked as a lawyer in the law firm Castillo, Laman Tan and Pantaleon Law Offices between 1992 and 1995 and then until 1999 as a legal and corporate advisor to Belle Corporation . She then briefly served as chief legal advisor at Philweb Corporation in 2000 , before she and her brother Peter Alan Cayetano were responsible for the Compañero y Compañera column at People's Tonight . She was also a radio presenter at the dzMM station and co-host of the Ang mga Payo ni Compañero and Usapang de Kampanilla programs . In 2001 she founded the Maxi Group of Companies , a company that trades and distributes educational toys, baby clothing and accessories, and has been President of the company ever since.


She was elected Senator for the first time in the May 2004 elections, making her the youngest woman to have been elected as a member of the Senate. During her first six-year election period, she was, among other things, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the Committee on Health and Demography .

In the following years she devoted herself to numerous bills for the protection of children, seniors and women as well as consumer protection such as the Mandatory Infants and Children Health immunization Act (RA 10152), Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070), Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9502), National Anti-Rabies Act (9482), Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512) and Oil Pollution Compensation Act (RA 9483).

Furthermore, she was chairwoman of the committee of women parliamentarians of the Interparliamentary Union between 2008 and 2010 and thus held the highest office that a Filipino politician has held in the IPU so far.

In the elections to the Senate in May 2010, she was re-elected as Senator with the sixth best result. In the current 15th Congress she is again chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography as well as on Youth, Women and Families ( Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations ).

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