Contribute to advancing the cause of women’s empowerment and gender equality
Women have made significant progress on our journey towards equality, recognition and respect. But the journey is far from over.
Every day, women struggle to be recognized and heard, and they face discrimination and violence in both their personal and professional lives. That’s why it’s more important than ever for all of us to celebrate women, empower them and fight for their rights.
As the local general manager of Makati, I am seen as a role model for women. I make it a point to always defend women’s rights and give them the opportunity to grow and contribute to society.
Women should be seen as more than just housewives. In Makati, we have worked to equip women with the skills and knowledge to be financially independent and empowered to support themselves and their children.
We also want women to be able to pursue their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs by giving them access to resources, mentors and support.
Additionally, we have made Makati a female-friendly place by encouraging online sellers to become registered businesses. This way, the city can offer protection and extend assistance to continue to grow and expand their source of income.
Supporting women in leadership roles
Makati is a city where women can break glass ceilings and become pioneers in various industries.
We have worked to create an environment conducive to the success of women in leadership roles. From CEOs to city officials to heads of various teams and departments, women are making their mark and showing everyone that they are just as capable as men.
We also deliberately recruited and promoted women to leadership positions in municipal government. It’s not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because we know that women are more likely to consider the needs of other women when making decisions.
In 2021, 40% of department heads in our city are women and 53% of city councilors are women. You also have Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo and myself as senior city leaders. A total of 44% of Makati’s civil servants are women.
Over the years, the municipal government has ensured that women are represented in municipal governance, from policy development to service delivery. We want to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that their concerns receive the attention they deserve.
We also have systems in place to help mothers fulfill their dual roles as caregivers and professionals. We want Makati to be a haven for mothers who wish to pursue their careers without worrying about the welfare of their children.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has exposed gender inequality by placing additional burdens on housewives and working women.
This blow was felt at all levels – from market vendors, public school teachers and day laborers who lost their jobs. The city could not sit idly by.
I immediately organized financial aid packages, food rations, grocery packages and other forms of assistance. Single parents, who are mostly single mothers, have also received cash assistance to support their families during the height of the lockdown period. We did this to cushion the impact of the economic shutdown on women, especially mothers, who had the responsibility of feeding their children and caring for sick loved ones.
The city government remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering women and fighting for their rights. We believe we can make Makati a city where women can achieve their dreams and contribute to society by working together.
We will continue to be at the forefront of advancing gender equality. For my part, I will never stop fighting for women’s rights because I know that when women succeed, everyone succeeds.
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