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Cayetano in July 2018
|Senate of the Philippines|
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2019
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2016
|Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines|
August 15, 2016 – June 30, 2019
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Taguig City's Lone District|
June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Lino Cayetano|
|Succeeded by||Lani Cayetano|
|Chair of the Philippine Senate |
Ways and Means; Sustainable Development Committee
|Assumed office |
July 22, 2019
|Born||March 22, 1966|
Michigan, United States
|K-4 (2004) |
|Relations||Alan Peter Cayetano (brother)|
Lino Cayetano (brother)
|Residence||Taguig, Metro Manila|
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines (BA, BL)|
|Occupation||Lawyer, entrepreneur, politician|
Pilar Juliana "Pia" Schramm Cayetano (born March 22, 1966) is a Filipino politician and lawyer who is a Senator of the Philippines. She was first elected as senator in 2004 at the age of 38, becoming the youngest woman elected senator in Philippine history, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2019. A self-proclaimed feminist, Cayetano authored the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Expanded Breastfeeding Promoting Act, and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, among others. She is also a triathlete and a sports advocate. From 2016 to 2019, Cayetano served as a representative for Taguig and was elected by the House to serve as a Deputy Speaker for the 18th Congress of the Philippines.
Cayetano's parents are the late Senator Renato "Compañero" Cayetano and German-American former school teacher Sandra Schramm. She has three siblings: Alan Peter, who is formerly serving as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and currently as Speaker of the House of Representatives; Rene Carl, an ex-councilor of Muntinlupa City and the owner of the collectible figurine store "Maxicollector"; and Lino Edgardo, a television and movie director, former Barangay Chairman of Barangay Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, former congressional representative of the second district of Taguig, and Mayor of Taguig. Cayetano is a mother to two daughters, Maxine and Nadine, and a son Gabriel, who died from complications of a rare chromosomal disorder in 2001. She is also a foster parent to Rene Lucas.
Cayetano took up Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of the Philippines, and graduated cum laude in 1985. She then took up Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She graduated in 1991 with academic distinction, #7 in her class. She also became a member of the Honor Society, Order of the Purple Feather.
From 1992-95, Cayetano was an associate lawyer at the Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices, specializing in corporate and intellectual property law. From 1996-99, she was an officer for the legal and corporate affairs of the Belle Corporation and its affiliates, including the gaming conglomerate BW Resources. In 2000, she was general counsel for the Philweb Corporation. In 2001, she was appointed chairwoman of the Maxi Group of Companies, a retailer and distributor of educational toys, infant apparel and accessories.
In 2012, she opened her own cafe, Slice, on Bonifacio High Street in Taguig.
Following the death of her father, then Senator Renato Cayetano, due to liver cancer on June 24, 2003, several legislators including senators, encouraged Pia Cayetano to run for office. As a result, she ran for a Senate seat in the 2004 elections. Initially she was a virtual unknown to the electorate but with the liberalization of political advertisements, she gained popularity with her TV advertisement as a runner, cyclist, and as a tri-athlete, and as a new host of her father's TV program Compañero y Compañera for a short stint. She won in the elections landing in the sixth position. In 2010, Cayetano ran for re-election as a guest candidate under the Nacionalista Party. She won, again landing in sixth place. Her second term as senator ended in 2016.
During 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Manila, Cayetano was elected President of the 10th Meeting of Women Parliamentarians during the sidelines of the annual meeting. On April 17, 2008, she was elected for a two-year term, president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) during its 118th General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. As the first Filipino and Asian to head it, she ran unopposed and took over from Uruguay's Monica Xavier. This is the highest position held by any Filipino or Asian in the history of the IPU.
Cayetano pushed for the enactment of the ‘Magna Carta of Women’ which seeks to end all forms of gender discrimination, and the ‘Expanded Breastfeeding Act,’ which establishes lactation stations in the workplace to encourage nursing mothers to continue breastfeeding even at work.
Cayetano is likewise credited for the passage of the ‘Expanded Senior Citizens Act’ which allowed the elderly to fully enjoy the 20-percent senior citizens discount by exempting their purchases of medicines and other vital services from the 12-percent Value Added Tax.
She was responsible for passing the ‘Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Law’ and the ‘Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Law,’ both of which seek to strengthen State mechanisms to ensure safe and affordable quality drugs for all. She also authored or co-authored the Foster Care Act (RA 10165), 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), National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others.
Most recently, Senator Cayetano worked for the passage of two landmark laws, the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), for which she was the principal sponsor, and the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which sought to fund government health programs from tax proceeds from cigarettes and alcohol products.
Cayetano is an advocate of sports as part of a holistic youth development program, prevention of diseases, and the need for a healthy and fit lifestyle. She is the founder of Gabriel Symphony Foundation which was established following the death of her son Gabriel, who was diagnosed with multiple congenital anomalies. The foundation helps children with disabilities and life-threatening ailments.
She is also the founder of the Compañero Rene Cayetano Foundation in memory of her father, which helps the underprivileged in the areas of health, education, and environment, as well as Pinay In Action (PIA), which promotes health, fitness, and women empowerment.
She is a member of Young Entrepreneurs' Organization and a spokesperson of the Philippine Cancer Society and the Universal Birth Registration Project.
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