Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Filipino women have steadily been outnumbering men in
executive positions over the last five years, a survey by the Department of
Labor and Employment showed on Thursday.
Citing data from the survey, Labor and Employment
Secretary Arturo D. Brion said that there are more Filipino women supervisors
and executives than men, noting the gap had steadily widened since 2002.
Data showed that there were 1.4 million Filipino men
holding supervisory and executive positions against 1.86 million women in 2002.
The numbers increased with more women rising to supervisory positions than men
in the next four years.
In 2004, the number of male supervisors and
executives totaled 1.613 million rising to 1.629 million in 2006 with only
16,000 additional male executives.
In contrast, the number of women executives rose in
bigger number from 2.162 million in 2004 to 2.257 million in 2006 with 95,000
women managers added to the total last year.
Brion noted that the number of Filipino women holding
top positions is globally remarkable. He cited an international survey which
showed that 97 percent of businesses in the Philippines have women in senior
management positions, the highest among 32 countries surveyed and also
significantly higher than the global average of 59 percent.
This survey by the Grant Thornton International
Business Report released early this year also showed a 13 percent increase in
the number of Philippine businesses with women managers from the 2004 figure.