About Diwa


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.

Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) Party-list began in October 21, 2003 as a volunteer organization (NGO) that sought to address the legal concerns of laborers from abuses in the workplace. DIWA registered as a party-list in February 2007 and continued to take measures that ensured employees’ rights are protected. 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, OFWs, seafarers, farmers and retired laborers, etc. 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.

Our Representative to the Congress of the Philippines


DIWA Party-list

The apple does not fall far from the tree”. Our representative offers a different approach on leadership. Michael Edgar Yan Aglipay, Representative of the Democratic Independent Workers Association Party-list was born on September 21, 1977 at Mandaluyong City to former Philippine National Police Director General Edgar Batalla Aglipay and Mrs. Marinette Yan Aglipay, daughter of Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Manuel T.Yan. Michael has been trained both as an economist, educator, and entrepreneur. He graduated in 1998 with a double degree on Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Commerce from De La Salle University – Manila. Michael, no stranger to leadership and service was a student council representative in the College of Liberal Arts and served as a Batch President, under the Alyansang Tapat sa Lasalista Political party. In 2003, he earned his Masters in Science degree e in Economics in the DLSU graduate studies program. He was later on employed as a bank officer at the Bank of the Philippine Islands and after, taught as a professor of Economics in his alma mater,De La Salle University. Being a learned economist, with a natural talent in entrepreneurship, Michael now successfully leads in various industries in business. A devoted husband to Mrs. Ginger Rosales-Aglipay and a loving father to three talented and exceptional kids: Miguel, Mika, and Max. Michael is passionate and driven to lead the Democratic Independent Workers Association to fight for workers’ rights and promote workers’ welfare thru his advocacy on labor rights, social justice, public health,livelihood, and anti-corruption. He is elected as Assistant Majority Leader, Vice Chairperson on Committee on Public Order and Safety, and Committee on Labor and Employment, Member of the Majority on Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Economic Affairs, Committee on Accounts, and Committee on Rules


  • Michael Edgar Y. Aglipay
  • Leopoldo A. Blanco Jr.
  • Ambrosio C. Lambus Jr.
  • Ely M. Quinola
  • Reynaldo A. Cuaderno

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