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Delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the Press Conference on the Adolescent Pregnancy Bills of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and RHAN on 29 November 2022

Pregnancy should invariably be an occasion for joy. It should not elicit dread or unhappiness in the prospective mother. For most women, a pregnancy is a long-awaited dream. But for adolescent girls, it may mean the end of their dreams. What should be a source of pride becomes a brand of dishonor and disgrace for unmarried adolescents. What should be a cause for celebration and cheer becomes a basis of castigation and criticism. What should be a forecast of life becomes a foreboding of death.

(Message of Support delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the launching of the Parliamentarians and Advocates for the Ratification of ILO C-190 on 28 November 2022 at the North Wing Lobby, House of Representatives, QC)

Although ILO C-190 or officially known as “The Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work” affirms without distinction that “all human beings,  irrespective  of race, creed or sex,  have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity”, the Convention has special concerns for women in the workplace.

(Lecture delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the DSWD-NCR Policy Forum on the Divorce Bills on 25 November 2022)

Good morning to one and all. Thanks to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for organizing this forum on the absolute divorce bill, of which I am the principal author. I am presently attending the Bicameral Conference Committee meeting on the 2023 National Budget. Hence, this video presentation.

(Statement of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the Forum on “Sa Ngalan ng Batas ng Bayan” on November 14, 2022 at the Manila Hotel)

With sincere gratitude and due respect to the Alphan brods who conceptualized and organized this forum, I wonder why we are having this conversation on charter change when no less than the Marcos Jr. administration is not initiating amending the 1987 Constitution.