About Diwa“Hindi ka dapat Baliwalain”
DIWA Party-list aims to protect workers' rights and promote workers' welfare, provide opportunities for workers' growth and development, and pave the way for a just, humane, and free society.
DIWA Party-list envisions every Filipino worker to live with dignity in a democratic and just society.
It all started with a vision.
DIWA, or the Democratic Independent Workers’ Association, Party-list began in 2005 as a volunteer organization that sought to address the legal concerns of laborers-from abuses in the workplace, to measures that could be taken in ensuring employees’ benefits-all these pressing matters found resolve in the organization.
Its early beginnings and basic principles heralded DIWA Party-list to what it is now: an organization of independent workers and professionals that stands firm for the cause of itinerant workers, professionals, security guards, farmers and retired laborers whose causes have not been protected by organized labor groups and unions, and whose concerns and problems have not been effectively and directly espoused and defended.
DIWA Party-list won a seat in Congress in the National and Local Elections of 2010. The First Nominee, Atty. Emmeline Y. Aglipay, now sits as representative of the Party-list in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
Our Representative to the 15th Congress of the Philippines
REP. EMMELINE Y. AGLIPAY
A passionate lawyer and a determined advocate, Emmeline Aglipay, or Em, exemplifies the best of the Filipino youth: idealistic, driven, and committed.
Born in 1982, she is no stranger to excellence, as she graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a degree in A.B. Economics from De La Salle University. In the same year, she received the Most Outstanding Student Leader Award, the Brother Gabriel Connon Award for the Most Outstanding Graduating Student, and most notably, was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines by the Commission on Higher Education and the RFM Foundation. Em subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines, where she was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honors Society and ultimately placed among the top 20 students of the Class of 2006.
While these accolades give testament to her exceptional academic performance, it is her deep love for her country and community – demonstrated unequivocally and consistently over the years – that most shines through. At thirteen years old, she headed like-minded student volunteers in developing an adopted urban poor community in Pandacan, Makati. While high school students would normally spend their afternoons and weekends at the mall, she spent hers with the members of the urban poor community to develop programs that focus on education, nutrition, and livelihood.
Consistent with her commitment to community development, and a firm belief in cultivating their sustainability and long-term growth, she conceptualized and spearheaded a five-year comprehensive community development Barangay 91, Zone 9 of Libertad, Pasay City when she was Student Council President of De La Salle University (DLSU). The DLSU Student Council was then recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations (TAYO) by the National Youth Commission and given The United Nations Millennium Development Goal Award for this Community Development Project. She also established the De La Salle University Student Cooperative which provided students with used books, school supplies and services at a lower cost.
After her law school graduation, Em worked as an Associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, the biggest and one of the most prestigious law firms in the Philippines. However challenging her work was, she longed to be with the communities that she had grown with. Realizing that her heart lies in public service, Em resigned from her promising career in the law firm and took on several labor cases on a pro-bono basis.
She was a key figure in the group, the Democratic Independent Workers’ Association or DIWA Party-list. Conceived in December 2000, DIWA aimed to promote and advance the economic welfare and interests of the Filipino worker especially those whose causes have not been protected by organized labor groups and unions and whose concerns and problems have not been effectively and directly espoused and defended. In the National and Local Elections of 2010, DIWA Party-list won a seat in Congress and as the first nominee of DIWA, now sits as representative of the Party-list that actively moves to ensure labor rights are properly accorded even to the smallest Filipino worker. She is a principal author of the Kasambahay Bill, The Magna Carta for Informal Sector Workers, The Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers and The Act to Strengthen Security of Tenure.
She was honored as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of 2012 for Public Service for devoting her life to community development and for the successful and sustainable livelihood projects that she has implemented as a representative of DIWA Party-list and during her first term in Congress. She is one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious TOYM.
Developing society is a gargantuan task, involving institutions which remain resistant to change, and people who revel in the mediocrity of the “pwede na” mindset. But in every way, Em has always offered herself to raise the Filipino pride and dignity. Never shunning the opportunity to move boulders, inspire others, and become a catalyst for a genuine sense of change, Em Aglipay, at the young age of thirty, is clearly a cut above the rest.[ Read More ]
DIWA also acknowledges the support of partner organizations that have greatly helped the Party-list in waging a nationwide campaign last May to ensure victory in the elections. The following are her coalition partners:
The Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators, or PADPAO, serves as the umbrella organization of over 3,000 private security agencies scattered all over the country;
The Tribal Coalition of Mindanao, or TriCoM, boasts of over 600,000 members in Mindanao and is comprised of several member organizations including the 79 Indigenous Peoples’ Organization;
The United Filipino Seafarers, or UFS, is an independent maritime union that has transcended the conventional role of a bargaining entity for seafarers’ welfare and benefits and embraced the greater responsibility of making the seafarer and his family an active member of the broader Philippine society;
The Blessed Association of Retired Persons, or BARP, Foundation, Inc., is a social development-oriented association founded by concerned retirees. The Foundation’s major thrust is to engage in activities and programs that promote better quality of life, respect for dignity, care and sharing, self-fulfillment, and opportunities among the members, and the community; and
The Police Hotline Movement, Inc., or PHMI, was established to support and help the Armed Forces of the Philippines including the Philippine National Police. It boasts of more than 800,000 members nationwide.
DIWA Party-list has been actively instituting her programs and projects nationwide. Just last September 17, Representative Aglipay headed the launching of a comprehensive livelihood program, as well as a free legal aid clinic, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
The party-list has also spearheaded a livelihood orientation program provided by the countrys Cooperative Development Authority, to the town of San Felipe in Zambales. This was done in preparation for the establishment of the Santo Ni√±o Fishermen Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the area. Training for Nata-de-Coco making and packaging is also underway for the provinces “Samahang Zambaleńa,” an exclusive cooperative for women.
In Bani, Pangasinan, a livelihood, hinged on the reproduction and dispersal of farm goats, has been established as well.