Despite an underrepresentation of women in chief roles, the country showed a positive inclination towards gender equality in a statistics on women leaders the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) reported.
In “Filipino Women in Leadership: Government and Industry”, it was revealed that the gender gap pay appear to be smaller compared to more developed countries.
Statistics also showed that more women, than men, take positions with higher-paying salaries.
Also, the PIDS report said that women engaged in to 40 to 43 percent of management positions in the last 15 years.
However, women’s ownership participation remained at 69 percent.
Citing data from Grant Thornton, the policy stated that the country is among the highest in terms of senior management team positions held by women.
It has been noted, however, that “the evidence of equity in the promotion process ends at supporting roles in the senior management level (e.g., human resource officer and chief financial officer)”, the proportion falling “at the level of corporate executives and memberships in boards”.
The retail, food, and pharmacy sectors are those that usually have women in chief executive positions, the report read.
With Robina Gokongwei and Teresita Sy-Coson as examples, it has been also mentioned that it is common that the same person holds many roles.
Aside from the lack in female representation in chief deciding positions in industry, the policy also saw this deficiency in the government.
In the Senate, only one woman senator, Loren Legarda, held a leadership position as the 12th Senate’s majority leader.
“Usual posts” given to women in the Cabinet have also been pointed out. These positions are usually in health, tourism, and social welfare.
There has also been an underrepresentation of women in elective positions in local government units, the policy stated, which is due to less women running for office, not because people are not voting for women.
“Filipino Women in Leadership: Government and Industry” was authored by University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication professor Clarissa David, PIDS senior research fellow Jose Ramon Albert, and PIDS research analyst Jana Flor Vizmanos.
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