The honorable Ms. Pia S. Cayetano is a leading voice for health and wellness in the Philippines.
Senator Pia chairs the Philippine Senate's first-ever Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation, and Futures Thinking. This new committee incorporates futures thinking in policymaking and legislation, and advances reforms to help the country fulfill the SDGs.
Ten years ago, Cayetano fought for the enactment of the country's first Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law. Today, this landmark measure has been credited for empowering Filipino mothers and couples by ensuring their access to a full range of family planning information and services from the government.
Senator Pia is working to strengthen the public health system, and prepare it for future emergencies and pandemics. The creation of a center for disease prevention and control, a national medical reserve corps, establishment of a vaccine passport, and the 'Build, Build, Build' infrastructure program for health - are among the bills that she has been pushing, as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, Cayetano backs higher taxes on ‘sin’ products - including alcohol, e-cigarettes, and tobacco - to protect the youth and provide additional funding for health services.
In addition, her Safe Pathways Network bill seeks to create a network of bicycle lanes and slow streets to promote active mobility and healthy means of transport among Filipinos.
A lawyer, economist, triathlete, and mother, Senator Pia S. Cayetano continues to lead initiatives towards an inclusive and sustainable future for the Philippines.