Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality Senator Risa Hontiveros is known for her tireless work in promoting public health, women's rights, and the welfare of the Filipino family. She is a multi-awarded public servant, community organizer, and journalist elected to the Senate in
In her first term, she successfully championed landmark laws, including the historic Expanded Maternity Leave Law that gives working moms 105 days of paid maternity leave, and the Philippine- Mental Health Law, the country's first ever national policy to care for Filipinos' mental health. As a longtime health advocate, she pushed for the passage of the Universal Healthcare Law and the Expanded Anti-hospital Deposit Law to ensure the Filipino family’s well-being before profit, and to make health more accessible to all.
Even amidst the pandemic, Senator Risa pushed for free dialysis for senior citizens and for the timely release of benefits and salaries for health workers. As Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Senator Hontiveros also authored the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Law or the Bawal Bastos Law that protects all Filipinos, particularly women, from gender-based harassment in the streets, public transportation, schools, and the workplace. During the biggest public health crisis of our time, she also pushed for the Maternity Benefit for Women in the Informal Economy Act, to help ease the multiple burdens of women exacerbated by the pandemic.
Senator Hontiveros worked on expanding the Solo Parents' Act to further help single moms and dads in providing for their families. The Senator is also pushing for an increase on the monthly pension of senior citizens through the Lingap Para Kayo Lolo at Lola Bill. Even before becoming a legislator, in 2005, she was one of 27 Filipinas who earned a nomination to the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for her work in the peace movement.
Senator Hontiveros is a loving and hands-on solo mother to 4 children - Kiko, Issa, Helena
From 2012 to 2019 she was first Deputy and then Head of the Division of Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Prevention, Humanitarian Demining (Operations), Stabilization and Post-Conflict reconstruction at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
Anke Reiffenstuel has worked in the diplomatic service since 1993; her postings included the German embassies in London, New Delhi, Cairo and Manila.
During her first two years as German Ambassador in the Philippines she had the chance to get to know different places, where she met with Representatives and Officials to not only strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries, but also to get to know better its people and their culture. Her journey lead her to Mindanao, Iloco South & North, Cebu, Palau, Cavite, Negros, Bohol, Zamboanga, Davao and Mindoro.
Jai is the Executive Director of the largest LGBT+ Workplace inclusion Network in the country The Philippine Financial and Inter Industry Pride
He leads the organization in promoting an industry that is safe and inclusive to LGBT+ professionals by developing best practices in areas of institutional policies and benefits programs, learning development program to high potential LGBT+, and corporate social responsibility initiative to support the wider LGBT community
Jai is also a seasoned trainer and facilitator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs, SOGIE 101 Business of Inclusion, and the HIV/AIDS Awareness module
Prior to this, he was the Director of Knowledge Management Strategy at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Economics at Centro Escolar University and completed academic units and a thesis for a Master's degree in Economics from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
He lives with his partner of 7 years, an agripreneur and proud fur parents to 2 beagles
As the Executive Director for Talent Attraction & Development of the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines or IBPAP, Frankie Antolin leads the Talent Strategy of IBPAP, including initiatives for industry awareness, career marketing, capability building, and workforce development to support the continued growth and competitiveness of the Philippine IT & Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector.
She has 20 years of experience in the industry and has held leadership roles in the areas of learning and development, client services, and operational support.
Marie Aubrey Villaceran is a faculty member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman and the curricular coordinator of its Creative Writing program. She is also the Deputy Director for Research and Publication of the UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the Convenor of the Decolonial Studies Program under the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and received her PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University in Australia, where she is also an honorary research fellow. She has conducted training and lectures on gender sensitivity; gender equality, disability, and social inclusion; gender dimensions of disaster risk reduction & disaster risk management; and gender and the environment. She is currently involved in projects on arts-based social research methods.
Brevs has been an HR practitioner for over 10 years. She specializes on partnering with stakeholders to create and deliver various meaningful and tailor-fit HR interventions. She has vast experience in being an HR Business Partner, a Communications Adviser and a Learning Solutions Advisor in Shell. She established and still leads the LGBT Network in Shell which led to her direct connection with Workplace Pride when she led the first Workplace Pride conference in the Philippines back in 2017. She is now also part of the Workplace Pride organization that aims to improve the lives of LGBT+ people in workplaces worldwide. She works as the Regional Lead for Asia under the Free to Be Me Program that aims to connect the Business Sector and local NGOs to further the LGBT+ agenda in the Philippines.