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PIA Press Release
2008/10/10

PGMA cites women's group

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (10 October) -- "Empowering Filipino workers has significantly helped the cause of gender equality in the Philippines, one of the counry's most important gains under the the UN Millenium Development Goals".

This was disclosed by Presidetn Arroyo during the founding anniversary of the Women Balikatan movement where she also told the group that the Philippines is on top 6 in the world and the top in Asia in terms of gender parity.

"We are Number One in the world in terms of gender parity in literacy and in health. Sa katunayan, nahigitan ng mga Pilipina ang mga lalaki sa larangan ng simple and functional literacy," the President said.

She said Filipino women, including the Metro Manila Council of Women Balikatan Movement, have long been a partner of the government in nation building and most importantly, in these trying times.

"Malaki na ang natulong ng inyong Movement sa kababaihan. At malaki rin ang naitulong ninyo sa mga programa ng ating administrasyon, ang tinatawag nating 3 E's--- Ekonomiya, Edukasyon at Environment.

She congratulated women's balikatan for its pioneering role in the establishment of women's cooperatives that have already created thousands of jobs.

The President also emphasized that as government works to provide a safety net to those hardest hit by global events, her administration is also working hard to ensure enough supply of food and help achieve our Millennium Development Goals of cutting hunger by half by 2015. (PIA) [top]

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