Gender Sensitivities

Employed Women

The estimated number of employed persons based on the October 2008 Labor Force Survey is 34.5 million. Of
this number, 38.4 percent are women (13.3 million). This translates to an employment rate of 93.5 percent for women, higher than the employment rate of 93.0 percent for men. Two regions register a high employment rate among women, with 97 for every 100 of the regions’ labor force reported as employed in October 2008. These are Cagayan Valley (96.8%) and Zamboanga Peninsula (96.6%). Only NCR registers an employment rate lower than 90 percent (88.3%).

Women in Agriculture

Based on 2002 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF), male operators dominated agriculture sector. Of the 4.8 million agricultural operators, 89 percent are males while only 11 percent are females. Agricultural operators had a median age of 46 years. This means that half of the agricultural operators were below 46 years old. The median age among male agricultural operators was 45 years old while among female agricultural operators was 56 years old. This means that female agriculture operators were generally older than their male counterpart.

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