MANILA, Philippines -- A bill extending the maternity leave benefits for women from the current 60 days to 120 days was filed Tuesday at the House of Representatives.

House Bill 3973 known as “An act increasing maternity leave benefits from 60 days to 120 days or four months” was initiated by Gabriela Women’s Partylist Representatives Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan.

The hearing today on the motion for the judicial determination of probable cause filed by Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza, Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino (Bayan Muna) and Rep. Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis) has been reset to May 12 by Judge Evelyn Turla of Branch 40, Palayan City Nueva Ecija RTC. This after the prosecution declared that the CIDG is requesting 5 days or until April 30 to comment on the motion.

“The US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement, the threats that it continues to present against our sovereignty and the Filipino people should give us every reason to abrogate this agreement. That these military exercises continue despite its obvious violation of the Philippine Constitution, with the sanction of the Arroyo government, gives us all the more reason to further the calls for her immediate resignation.”

One thing that saves the House of Representatives from total disrepute is the fact that we have two Filipina Members of Congress who does us proud by their mere existence, by their advocacies and by the forward-looking and progressive outlet. I am referring to Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan, the duly-elected partylist representatives of Gabriela Women’s Party, ang partido ng mga Pinay.

An act amending Title Four of Book Four of the Labor Code of the Philippinesproviding for women and gender education in the workplace

An act to create a National Women’s Museum, and for other purposes

An act declaring February Four of every year as "Araw ng Pagdakila sa mga Pilipinong Nagbuwis ng Buhay noong Digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano”, providing for support programs, and requiring the appropriation of funds therefor.

An Act to include Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Kerosene in the List of Basic Necessities in Section Three (3), Definition of Terms of Republic Act 7581, Otherwise Known as the "Price Act"

An act requiring women’s and girls’ human rights awareness programs in media, providing incentives therefor and for other purposes

An act amending Article 26 of Executive Act No. 209, otherwise known as the Family Code, as amended by Executive Order 227