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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Philippines-Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago Says: 'Next President Should be Female'

 Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said the next president should be a female if the country is to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on gender equality. This was the assertion of Sen. Santiago in her speech Tuesday before the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna in the occasion of the International Women's Month. Santiago said having a female president would ensure that the country meets the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Santiago ran and lost in 1992 presidential elections. She had claimed that she was a victim of an electoral fraud. Santiago said that to meet the standard of gender equality in the 2016 elections voters to should pick at least 6 female candidates to in order to balance the male and female senators in the Senate. Santiago said that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has issued a memorandum to circular setting to a target 50-50 representation of women and men in executive positions. Yet in 2011 the CSC found that women occupy only less than 1/3 of 3rd level positions in the government; more than 1/3 in government owned and controlled corporations; less than 20% in local government units and more than 1/3 in judiciary. Overall the proportionate share is 1:2 in favor of men holding top posts in the government. Further women government employees are more likely to be technical staff while the men are likely to be clerks, managers or executives, Sen. Santiago pointed out.        
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