Liza Largoza Maza is a Filipino politician, activist, and development worker. She is the GABRIELA Women’s Party representative in the 13th Congress of the Philippines.
Maza was born on 8 September 1957. She was one of 10 children of a couple who owned a grocery store.
She grew up in San Pablo, Laguna, finishing elementary school at San Pablo Elementary School in 1970 and high school at Canossa College, also in San Pablo, in 1974.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1978 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Economics.
Maza has been an activist since her student days at the University of the Philippines, Diliman where her first struggle was with a dorm matron and curfew regulations.
She worked as a researcher and lecturer at St. Scholastica College after acquiring her degree.
She then started working with GABRIELA Philippines, where she was elected Secretary General and served in the position for fourteen years. She became part of the editors collective for LAYA magazine, and was a founding member of the Asia section of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a member of the executive committee of the Women’s International Democratic Federation.
She worked as a financial analyst for the research project “Multinational Corporations in the Philippines” for the Philippine Center for Advanced Studies. She was also the director for the Third World Studies Resource Program and a teacher at the High School Department of St. Scholastica's College.
During martial law, she was an executive officer for the Nationalist Economic Protectionism Association, and later a researcher for the President's Center for Strategic Studies in the Office of the President.
As a member of Congress, Maza was the sponsor of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law and co-author of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act. She is also the author of the controversial Philippine Divorce Bill.
She has served as Vice Chairperson of the Women’s Committee, and was also on the congressional committees for Civil, Political, and Human Rights; Suffrage and Electoral Reform; Foreign Affairs; Health; Justice; Ways and Means; Appropriations; and Higher and Technical Education.
On 24 November 2009, a press statement officially announced Maza’s bid to run as an independent senatorial candidate, along with Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo. Maza and Ocampo are members of the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan), which had discussed the possibility of the two senatoriables becoming guest candidates of the Nacionalista Party (NP).
However, NP allied with Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and declared the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos under the said merger. Makabayan declared that its two members could not then pursue guest candidacy under NP “since doing otherwise would compromise its stand on the issue of recovering the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth and compensating the human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship,” two issues that the group deems very important.
In December 2009, Maza and Ocampo joined NP after all and expressed support for the Villar-Legarda ticket after Villar and his party gave a “positive response to the people’s issues that [Makabayan] presented to all the presidential frontrunners.”
Maza's platform includes equal representation and participation of women in national and local governance; progressive way of living; protection from violence, abuse, and discrimination; equal social treatment of women; protection and promotion of rights of women and children; development and empowerment of women’s potential; enactment of pro-women agendas; economic policies expedient to indigent women; and national sovereignty over policies and patrimony.
- Women’s welfare and protection
Maza proposed wage increase, abolishment of contractualization and of discriminatory pre-employment practices, i.e. pregnancy tests, for female skilled workers. She also aimed to encourage incentives for Filipino business owners and offer development assistance for female entrepreneurs.
- Reproductive health bill
Maza is a co-author of the Reproductive Health bill. She vowed that once she is in the Senate, she will “resurrect” the controversial bill that has been killed with the adjournment of the 14th Congress.
- Urban poor
Maza also considered awarding the urban poor a free housing project, in view of the situation of the re-settlers in Vitas Housing Community near the old Smokey Mountain site in Tondo, Manila.
- Profile of Liza-Largoza Maza (Accessed on 24 June 2009)
- About Liza Maza (Accessed on 24 June 2009)
- Ocampo and Maza to run as independents, arkibongbayan.org (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Ka Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza to run for Senate as independents, declare breakdown of talks with NP, gabrielawomensparty.net (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Ocampo, Maza join NP’s Senate slate, support Villar-Legarda ticket, bulatlat.com (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Liza Maza and Satur Ocampo, Blogwatch.ph (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Platform, lizamaza.com (accessed 19 April 2010)
- Liza Maza, Gabriela, in the House of Representatives
- Gabriela Women's Party official site
- People and Society
- Government and Politics
- Philippine Women
- Philippine Women by Profession
- Philippine Women in Government