Manila Bulletin

Aquino cites women in up­hold­ing hon­est, good gov­er­nance

- Sexism · Women's Rights · Society · Discrimination · Feminism · Politics · Human Rights · Social Movements · Leila de Lima · U.S. Internal Revenue Service · Conchita Carpio-Morales · Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development · New Zealand Ministry of Social Development · Janette Garin · United Kingdom Department of Health · Commission on Audit

Pres­i­dent Aquino lauded yesterday the role of women in up­hold­ing good gov­er­nance and ex­pand­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment as he un­der­scored up­hold­ing gen­der equal­ity and women’s rights at the APEC pri­vate-public di­a­logue on women and the econ­omy.

“I be­lieve it is in­trin­sic to our so­ci­ety: We see women as su­pe­rior in many as­pects, in­clud­ing pru­dent bud­get­ing, and fo­cus­ing on the ad­vance­ment of the fam­ily as a whole,” Aquino said at the APEC Women and the Econ­omy 2015 Fora yesterday at the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (PICC).

Aquino noted the fe­male mem­bers of his Cab­i­net who have shown in­tegrity and ca­pac­ity to serve in the public sec­tor. “Our ad­min­is­tra­tion is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of this belief put into ac­tion. Over the course of our term, I have ap­pointed a good num­ber of women of un­ques­tion­able moral stand­ing to key po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment, so that they may en­act much needed re­forms in the var­i­ous sec­tors,” Aquino said.

The Pres­i­dent cited fe­male gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials like Om­buds­man Con­chita Car­pio-Mo­rales, Sec. Leila de Lima of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Sec. Dinky Soli­man of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment, Sec. Janette Garin of the Depart­ment of Health, Sec. Lilia de Lima of the Philip­pine Eco­nomic Zone Au­thor­ity, Com­mis­sioner Kim Henares of the Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue, and for­mer head of the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit Grace Pulido-Tan. (Madel R. Sa­baterNamit)

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