Ma. Amelita "Girlie" Villarosa

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Ma. Amelita “Girlie”Calimbas-Villarosa (30 May 1943 in Balanga, Bataan-30 May 2021) was a Filipino representative and Deputy Speaker. She was the first woman deputy speaker during the 14th Congress and a senior deputy minority leader during the 15th Congress. She represented the lone district of Occidental Mindoro during the 11th and 13th Congress. She is best remembered for her advocacies on women’s rights and issues, rural electrification, decent housing, environmental protection, animal welfare, hospital emergency care, and public health emergency.

She was also a tireless advocate for tourism of Occidental Mindoro and helped set up the Apo Reef Natural Park and put Apo Reef as a top diving destination in the world.

She also mentored and helped lawmakers pass many laws that Filipinos enjoy today. She also empowered other women legislators to assert their own voices in the halls of Congress that are traditionally dominated by strong-willed men.

She was also called a “trailbrazer in Philippine legislation” for making laws of national significance. Among her pet bills were the Girl Scouts Philippine Charter and the Social Security Condonation Law. She also introduced the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the conditional cash transfer program.

She also steered the enactment into law of vital measures including the Magna Carta for Women, an extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, Access to Cheaper and Quality Medicine, and the Cooperative Code of the Philippines.

She was also a close ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and escorted the latter in many of her official functions here and abroad.

Death

She passed away on 30 May 2021, the day she marked her 78th birthday. Her husband, Jose Villarosa, former mayor of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, confirmed that Amelita died of aneurysm while receiving treatment at a Metro Manila hospital.

Heartwarming eulogies were delivered for the late congresswoman during the necrological service held in her honor. Speaker Lord Allan velasco presented a legislative memorabilia which contains House Resolution No. 182 that expresses the profound condolences of the House to Villarosa’s family and loved ones.

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