In Philippine society, Filipino women hold up more than half the sky: They dominate in many jobs including domestic work, professional and technical positions, and sales. They hold more overseas jobs than men. They also hold the highest positions in government as President, Supreme Court justices, senators, congressmen, Cabinet secretaries. In the 2015 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report, the Philippines ranked seventh out of 142 countries in terms of gender equality.
Despite these impressive results, gender inequality persists in economic opportunities and political empowerment. The same WEF report says fewer able Filipino women work in paid jobs than men. Why is this? Because Pinays are constrained by unpaid domestic and care work, and a lack of productive employment opportunities. This is supported by statistics from the Department of Labor and Employment, which indicates that as many as 30 percent of working-age women reported that household or family duties have prevented them from participating in the labor market.
To improve the economic lives of our women, especially the most disadvantaged, we seek to institutionalize the Conditional Cash Transfer Program through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Bill. The program is two-pronged: to further reduce poverty in the country as well as promote human capital development, particularly in education and health. Before a family can get their monthly allowance, pregnant mothers must have undergone her checkup, infants taken their immunization, and school-age children have gone to classes.
As we recognize the importance of family in nation-building, and the need to share the duties of raising families equally between fathers and mothers, we also seek to extend paid paternity and maternity leaves.
Mabuhay ang babaeng Pilipina. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino. Mula sa tapat at totoong serbisyo ni Kiko Pangilinan.