The youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, Senator Pia S. Cayetano is proof that there’s no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.
She first ran for office in 2004 as a political newcomer under the shadow of her father, the late Senator ‘Compañero’ Rene L. Cayetano. Using her training as a lawyer, discipline as an athlete, and heart as a mother, Senator Pia excelled in her first term and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.
In the last nine years, Senator Pia has pushed for the passage of several measures benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health and social services for the poor and marginalized.
Her growing list of legislative accomplishments includes 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), 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 (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others.
Most recently, Senator Pia fought for the passage of two landmark laws, the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354) and the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351). She has also published a memoir, 'My Daily Race' where she wrote about balancing life as a legislator, mother and triathlete.
As an international parliamentarian, Senator Pia assumed the highest position held by any Filipino or Asian in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) as President of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians from 2008-2010.
In 2013, she was a speaker at the plenary panel "The Future of Globalization" (May,2nd).