Agnes Bailen, 50, is a first-time senatorial candidate with experience in all three branches of government. A lawyer by training, Bailen entered government through the Public Information Office of the Supreme Court and moved on to work as judicial staff head under then-Associate Justice Artemio V. Panganiban.

In Congress, she served as chief of staff to the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and as chief political affairs officer for Representatives Lani Mercado-Revilla and Jose V. Yap. Most recently, she served as an undersecretary at the Department of Budget and Management.

During her tenure at the DBM, she pushed for stronger governance and mobilized the country’s resources in much-needed areas by increasing the number of Drug Abuse and Treatment Centers, increasing financial support to Indigenous Peoples and those in the agriculture industry as well as pushing for equal rights.

If elected, Bailen vows to push legislation that will prioritize a scientific and humane response to the pandemic by ensuring students' safe return to school, cultivating the arts, culture, and the sciences and ensuring that all sectors and every Filipino will get an opportunity for a better future and help achieve national development.

She also promises to work for fair governance by pushing various accountability measures, strengthening the economy and education, upholding justice for all Filipinos, and a genuinely independent foreign policy that serves the country’s best interests.

Bailen is opposed to charter change and the extrajudicial killings linked to the administration's flagship campaign against illegal drugs. When asked about the feared Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the harmful activity of red-tagging, she said she believes in the principle of "innocent until proven guilty."

She has expressed support for same-sex civil unions but not same-sex marriage. She also backs the passing of an anti-political dynasty law which she says will address the need for more competent and principled servants in Congress.

Platform and Policy

The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Good governance; Accountability
Health; COVID-19 pandemic
Justice; Peace and order
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Ensure that each agency’s budget proposals:
    a. Dedicate no less than 5% of their budget proposals to Gender and Development activities (as required by the Magna Carta for Women)
    b. No less than 5% of casual positions or contractuals of the DSWD, health, culture or sports and agencies tasked with social development to persons with disabilities (per the Magna Carta for PWDs)
    c. Complies with ideal ratio of barangay health workers to every barangay (per the Barangay Health Workers’ Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995)
  2. Support allocating in the national budget not less than 5% of the GDP for health and not less than 5% of the GDP for infrastructure
  3. Strengthen the Local Government Code and ensure implementation of the Mandanas ruling, by:
    a. Establish by law that the five-year Philippine Development Plan comes from the bottom-up;
    b. Development Budget Coordination Committee will ensure that barangays, local, and regional government units’ needs are taken into account
    c.Support implementation of the Barangay Assembly (per the Local Government code, there should be a Barangay Assembly twice a year for all residents)
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:

    During DMB tenure, ensured that DBM stood in strong compliance with the Magna Carta on Women and helped increase its Gender and Development rating from Level 2 to Level 3

    Research work on various development studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, United Nations Development Programme, from 1992 to 1998
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. First bill she files will seek to abolish the documentary stamp tax, one of many taxation burdens on Filipinos
  2. Strengthen financial inclusion, digital transactions, and financial literacy for the general public
  3. Increase support for Micro, Small, and Medium Industries
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:

At DBM, “helped farmers and fisherfolks by increasing their public and private monetary support”
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Ensure that health care workers receive the benefits and support they need, whether or not there is an ongoing pandemic
  2. Ensure that all barangays are meeting their ideal ratios of barangay health workers
  3. Increase oversight on budget allocation and utilization of DOH, FDA, DA, PhilHealth, PITAHC, and DOST
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Bring back general education, practical arts, and lifelong learning into the curriculum
  2. Increase school curriculum focus on culture, arts, and sports
  3. Include business and firms when considering education budgets in order to ensure an improved employment field for graduates
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:

At DBM, “promoted arts, culture, history, education and pushed for more budget for NCAA”
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Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Ensure that human rights prevail, including minority rights
  2. Strengthen connection with communities to ensure prosecution and punishment of human rights violations
  3. Ensure people’s security, catch law violators and eliminate crime
  4. . Promote restorative justice, with focus on rehabilitation of people found guilty so they may eventually return to their families and become productive members of their communities
  5. Assess if President Ramon Magsaysay’s approach to rebellion is fit for the current situation
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:

As DBM undersecretary, increased budget for Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center and improved the number of treatment and rehab centers from 13 to 21
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Major Accomplishments

The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so

Public Sector

Bailen served in different capacities at all three branches of government, giving her a wide range of both bureaucratic and political perspectives.

She was chief of staff of then-SC Associate Justice Panganiban and Senator Santiago. She also advised Representatives Mercado-Revilla and Yap on political matters in the lower house.

She served at the budget department beginning July 1, 2016, and became undersecretary of internal audit from August 2017 to August 23, 2020.

Public Office

Women’s rights promotion
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    As DBM undersecretary:
  1. Helped establish,via recommendation of DBM’s Day Care and Lactating Center
  2. Improved DBM’s Gender and Development compliance level from Level 2 to Level 3 (maximum is Level 5)
Drug abuse rehabilitation
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As DBM undersecretary, increased budget for Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center and improved the number of treatment and rehab centers from 13 to 21

Private Sector

Bailen is a researcher, educator and author.

Her research focused on strategic and development studies, throughout the 1990s. She was also a lecturer in at least four academic institutions from 1993 to 2006, concurrent with her research career and work at the Supreme Court.

Private Sector Achievements

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Author of:

“Intellectual Property in the Philippines” w/ Atty. Susan Villanueva “Super Lolo: The Odyssey of Lorenzo M. Tanada”, UP Press Publications (1998)
Actions and/or Proceedings

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Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

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Campaign Details

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Alliances and Endorsements: Included in the Partido Lakas Ng Masa senate slate, under the Leody de Guzman-Walden Bello tandem
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Major Advocacies

The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

Gender equality
Family and household wellbeing
Stronger governance
Gender equality
As DBM undersecretary, increased DBM gender development compliance
    Member, Filipina Women Network

    Women Studies Association of the Philippines

    UP Women Lawyer’s Circle
Family and household wellbeing

As DBM undersecretary, pushed for rights and livelihood for Indigenous People, and increased budget support for farmers and fishers
Stronger governance
As DBM undersecretary, advocated for the training of public procurers, promoted open governments and information and communications technologies, and pushed for cooperatives and laborers
Personal Details

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Name to appear on the ballot: BAILEN, AGNES
Full Name: Agnes Joyce Garlit Bailen
Birthdate: Sept. 26, 1971 (50 years old as of election day)
Birthplace: Quezon City
Residence: Quezon City
Religion: Christian
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
    - Dr. Jerome Bailen, father, forensic anthropologist at UP Diliman
    - Josefina “Josie” Garlit-Bailen, mother, opera singer and professor of music at UP-Diliman
    - Igor Garlit Bailen, Chief of Mission Class II, Ambassador to Russian Federation, Republic of Belarus, and Republic of Kazakhstan, Department of Foreign Affairs
Marital Status:

● Diploma in Bioethics, UP College of Medicine

● Bachelor of Laws, UP-Diliman College of Law

● Master of Arts in Political Science, UP-Diliman

● Bachelor of Arts in Political Science UP-Diliman

Work Experience:
  • Managing Partner, Bailen & Nachura Law Office, May 2004-2010
  • Attorney 5, UP Legal Services at UP-Diliman, June 2006-2007
  • Head, Legal Team for Ramon A. Ilagan, winning mayoral candidate for Municipality of Cainta, 2004
  • Associate, Antonio R. Bautista & Partners, 2004

  • Public Service – Judiciary:
  • Office of Associate Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 2000-2004

  • ○ Judicial Staff Head, August 18, 2001 – March 1, 2004
    ○ Court Attorney VI, June - August 2001
    ○ Assistant Committee Secretary, Oct. 2000 – May 2001
    ○ Committee Secretary, June-August 2001
  • Public Information Office, Supreme Court of the Philippines, January-September 2000

  • ○ Executive Assistant IV, January-May 2000
    ○ SC Supervising Judicial Staff Officer, June-September 17, 2007

    Public Service – Legislative:
  • Senate: Chief of Staff for Office of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, July 1, 2004 – March 1, 2006
  • House of Representatives: 2007-2016

  • ○ Chief Political Affairs Officer, Office of Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, 2nd District of Cavite, July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2016
    ○ Chief Political Affairs Officer, Office of Rep. Jose V. Yap, 2nd District of Tarlac, July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2010

    Public Service – Executive:
  • Department of Budget and Management, 2016-2020

  • ○ Undersecretary of Internal Audit, September 3, 2017 – August 23, 2020
    ○ Undersecretary of Internal Management, October 3, 2016 – September 3, 2017
    ○ Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, July 1 - October 2, 2016

    Academic Lecturer, 1993-2006:
    ● Senior Lecturer 3, College of Medicine, UP-Manila, June-April 2006
    ● Assistant Professor 3, International Studies Department, De La Salle University Manila, May-September 2005
    ● Senior Lecturer 3, College of Dentistry, UP-Manila, 2001-April 2004
    ● Assistant Professor 2, Department of Political Science, De La Salle University Manila, September-December 2001
    ● Department of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman, Senior Lecturer (June 1996-May 1998), Instructor (June 1994-May 1996), Lecturer (June 1993-May 1994)
    ● Part-time Faculty, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, November 1993-April 1994
    ● Lecturer, UP-San Fernando Extension Program, Pampanga,1993

    Research, 1992- 2006
    ● Research Fellow (January-August 1998) and University Researcher (March 1997-December 1998), Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy, College of Public Administration, UP-Diliman,
    ● Research Associate (May 1996-March 1997) and Research Assistant (October 1995-January 1996), Institute for Strategic and Development Studies
    ● Research Associate for “A Special Project on the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development,,Center for Integrative and Development Studies, UP-Diliman, August 1996-February 1997
    ● Research Assistant, WomenHealth Philippines, November 1993-January 1994
    ● Research Assistant, Philippine Center for Policy Studies, September-October 1993
    ● Research Assistant on “Philippine Human Development Report: People’s Participation in Governance”, sponsored by the United Nations’ Development Programme, January-June 1993.
    ● Research Assistant on “Post-Aquino Philippines: In Search of Political Stability,” module on people empowerment, January-June 1992

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Platform of Government
Foreign policy
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  1. Return to and strengthen our diplomatic relations with countries that recognize the Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea, in case the Philippines needs to push its territorial claim
  2. Coordinate and have good diplomatic ties with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and United Nations
  3. Strengthen the caliber of the Department of Foreign Affairs by increasing the requirements on career officials to be eligible to be an ambassador, instead of the current way of political appointees
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  1. Review studies and recommendations to choose best solutions to care for the environments
  2. Ensure all stakeholders are consulted
  3. Focus on use of alternative energy sources
  4. Call on developed countries for bear more responsibility for and be more responsive to climate change problems
  5. Promote less use of plastic, especially single-use plastic
  6. Bring workers closer to their work, to decrease vehicle dependence
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FDA Food and Drug Authority.
DA Department of Agriculture.
PITAHC Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care.
DOST Department of Science and Technology.