As we celebrated International Women’s Day, on Thursday, Malacañang has welcomed the Philippines being ranked as the number one country with the most number of women executives in the Women in Business 2018 report.
Grant Thornton International, Ltd, one of the world’s largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms, ranked the Philippines at the top after it surveyed 4,500 senior executives across 35 countries.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the Duterte administration continues to improve the lives of Filipino women in all spheres — economic, social, and political.
“Women and men are equal partners in the pursuit of the country’s development as we all vow to fully implement the Magna Carta of women this international women’s day,” Roque said during the Palace press briefing Thursday.
The report revealed that 46.58 percent of Filipino women in the workplace hold senior management roles, a proportion that is above the global average of 24.14 percent.
It also attributed the Philippines’s top ranking to non-discriminatory policies for recruitment, paid parental leave, and flexible hours as among the practices.
Malacañang had earlier enumerated the policies President Duterte has implemented since he was mayor of Davao City. This came after Duterte was slammed by women’s rights activists for his remark about shooting female New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the vagina so they will not be able to bear a child anymore.
“Let us not take the words of the President literally but of course we should take the President’s words seriously,” Roque appealed last week.
“Palabiro po ang bibig ng ating Presidente pero kinakailangan po husgahan siya kung ano talaga ang ginawa niya bilang mayor ng Davao City (The President is a jokester but we need to judge him based on what he did when he was still Davao City Mayor),” he added.
“There’s a distinction between his language and his policies. Pagdating po sa polisiya niya bilang mayor, eh recognized po ang (When it comes to his policies), Davao City [is recognized] as one of the friendliest cities to women,” he continued.
According to the Palace official, then Davao City mayor Duterte implemented the local version of the reproductive health bill even before it was legislated nationally. Davao City also established the reproductive health and wellness centers that has been providing accessible alternatives for family planning to clients mostly indigents, among others.
Roque pointed out that Davao City’s city council also passed into ordinance the Women’s Code of 1997 which Duterte supported, paving the way for the massive campaign against gender bias in government offices.
Roque also noted that the Davao City created councils for women from the barangay level tasked to monitor and report cases of violence against women and children in 182 villages in the City.
Davao City under then Mayor Duterte, according to Roque, also established a women and children protection unit at the Southern Philippine Medical Center to provide psychological intervention for women and children.
Roque also said that Davao City’s public safety command center put a dedicated 24/7 desk to receive and act on reports of domestic violence through its 9-1-1 hotline.
The Palace official also listed down that when Duterte became President, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 12 which aims to attain and sustain zero unmet need for modern family planning through the strict implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and the Reproductive Health Act.
He also took note of how Duterte banned the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait as most of whom are women, who are prone to abuse. This came following the death of OFW Joanna Demafelis.
“The President does not promote violence against women. Our people, especially the residents of Metro Manila, now feel safe in their place because of the campaign against illegal drugs,” Roque said.
Roque, citing figures from the Philippine National Police, said that rape cases have gone down by 13.53 percent to 8,114 in 2017 compared to 9,384 incidents in 2016.
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