Rise in number of female Filipino managers, a good news, Palace says

March 11, 2012 12:16 am 

MANILA, March 10 – A global ranking, showing more Filipino women occupying senior business posts compared to other countries, is something to be proud of, a Palace official said on Saturday.

During a radio interview on Saturday over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said a recent ranking made by international accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton had the Philippines as one of the nations having large number of female top executives.

“Speaking of International Women’s Month and International Women’s Day, may maganda tayong balitang nabasa kanina doon sa isa sa mga pahayagan that ang Philippines daw ay pangalawa na ang ranking globally doon sa mga babae that are occupying senior business posts,” Valte said.

“Marami tayong mga babae who are occupying senior positions in multi-national corporations and in boardrooms. So that’s something to show on for our women’s rights advocates,” she added.

Citing Grant Thornton’s 2011 International Business Report, Valte said the country’s ranking improved from 35 percent to 39 percent in terms of the number of female senior executives in the country. Russia tops the list of countries with the most number of female senior executives.

Grant Thornton’s International Business Report showed that 39 percent of senior managers in the Philippines are women, a level tied with the Thailand and Botswana and just behind the 46 percent rate recorded for Russia.

Despite the high rank of the Philippines and Thailand, the firm said that for Southeast Asia, the proportion of women in senior management fell to 32 percent this year from 36 percent in 2009.

In Europe however, the level has increased to 24 percent this year, compared with 20 percent in 2009. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/as/utb

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