Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Should Marynat, Alot and Tess regret working here in the Philippines instead of in the US?

An article in the Philippine Star cited a study of the International Labor Organization (ILO) which showed that the ratio of women to men in executive jobs in the Philippines is the highest in the world at about 58%. Barbados follows with 43.4% and then the US with 42.3%. An earlier international survey of 32 countries by the Grant Thornton International Business Record showed similar findings.

The Department of Labor and Employment reported that the number of women in senior positions rose from 2.162 million in 2004 to 2.257 million in 2006. The number of men in similar jobs increased to only 1.629 million from 1.613 million in the same period. I thought all the while that there is discrimination against women in the work place. It seems this isn’t true. Even if we look at the education statistics now, there are more women graduating from college.

A chief executive officer of Land-Excel Consulting, a Manila real estate firm and a professor of the Asian Institute of Management said that “Women are better managers of people. They are also more hard-working”. Do you agree Danny and Bert?


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

To say, they are better and more hardworking than men, I may not agree 100 %, but if it's worded "some women are better and hardworking than some men " then I fully agree. I always believe that no gender can solely claim that one is better than the other. The same thing when it comes to one's race or culture. I took offense on one Filipino soap being aired at TFC about a mother telling her daughter that she would rather raise the girl in the Philippines because she doesn't want her daughter to grow up bad or disrespectful to elders. That show, (I should have taped it and could have written the network which aired it and complaint big time), pictured parents like me, Marybeth, Men, Joe and every filipino parents in North America as irresponsible and that the children we raised here are disrespectful, bad or what have you. The truth is, the children we raised here are different from us. They are independent, they are contentious in their studies, they are hardworking and they are open minded. These kids will speak their mind out which other parents from there might think that they are being disrespectful. They will not be timid on explaining things to their parents. They will be the first ones to tell you not to discriminate someone because of their race. They hate that. They hate gossips. They can not understand their parents whenever they are hearing that we are talking about someone when they are not around to defend themselves. And they will not be ashamed in telling you that. The way we raised our children will not be different even if we live there. We want them to grow up a better person, and I'm proud to say that I achieved that here in America.

So, my dear Toti, my take here is "individuality". Ang puno ng Santol ay Hindi magbubunga ng ubas.

I don't know why I'm having such a heavy heart today. The verdict perhaps? Or the fact that Filipinos could easily point an accusing finger to somebody without looking at themselves first. Are you, the intellengencias, cowed by GMA that you will just set aside Abalos and zte, Joc-Joc Bolante and the agriculture funds, Mike Arroyo and Jose Pidal, another Arroyo and the hueting pay-off, 2004-2007 election cheatings perpetuated by no other than GMA.
Or that the shortsightedness of the so-called intellengencias will cause GMA to get away from it all because you can not accept the fact that you were responsible in putting GMA to power. QOU VADIS my friend?


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

It should read "conscientious" not "contentious".


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

on the conscientious instead of contentious, i thought so, danny.

You seem to be very emotional, affected by the Erap verdict, perhaps. I agree with you, not all children raised in the US or foreign countries by Filipino parents turn out bad, just as many children raised in the Phils also turn out bad. It's the parents who play a major role in shaping up the character of the children. There are some environmental influences though, like children who grew up in western countries tend to be more assertive, I think.

Regarding Erap, I have already said my piece in my response to your comment in the blog. On GMA, I have likewise expressed my wishes for her in that blog.

The ill effect of making the Erap issue an issue of the elite vs the masa, the poor vs the rich is illustrated from an account of a Franciscan nun (in Ma Ceres Doyo's column) whose congregation lived for seven years with relocated squatters. - "We lived side by side with them, lived the way they did, but they still thought Estrada was their savior," she said. "Kulang na lang palayasin nila kami, and they blame us for Estrada's downfall".

Very sad, indeed. Erap did not live the way the poor did! Far from it, his lifestyle was that of the rich and famous - Johnny Walker blue, beautiful women, Boracay mansion (complete with white, fine sand and artificial waves), yet what people see is the Asiong Salonga, Joe Nazareno, Martin Pusa, and the many other underdog roles he played.

Sor Victorina de la Providencia, Mother Superior of Daet Parochial School

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