The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has called on government agencies to ensure equal participation and representation of women and men in the third level or executive/managerial level of government.
Recently, CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III wrote Cabinet Secretaries where he emphasized that the population of executives and managers in government is dominated by men.
Thus, he urged Cabinet Secretaries to consider qualified women for appointment to vacant third level or executive/managerial positions in their respective Departments and attached agencies.
The CSC chief said that the third level handles the decision making and policy making processes in government. “Thus, achieving gender balance in top level positions in the bureaucracy would ensure that both women and men equally contribute to and benefit from development,” he stressed.
Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women explicitly provides that, “Within the next five years, the number of women in third (3rd) level positions in government shall be incrementally increased to achieve a fifty-fifty (50-50) gender balance.”
As of August 2010, the percentage of women occupying third level positions was registered at 41.3 percent based on the Statistics on Filipino Women by the Philippine Commission on Women.