Philippines in the Global Arena

  • In the 2013 Human Development Report, the Philippines’ Human Development Index (HDI) is estimated at 0.654, placing the country in the 114th rank out of 186 countries. The country’s HDI value is 0.040 lower than the world index, and 0.029 lower than the HDI of the East Asia and the Pacific region. HDI provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income.
  • The Philippines, through the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), adjusted the 2000 and 2003 HDI to account inequalities between women and men in the Philippines. The resulting adjusted index, called Gender Development Index (GDI), is 0.5861 in 2003 and 0.5898 in 2000.The top 10 provinces in 2003 and their corresponding ranks in 2000 are as follow::
    Province 2003 2000
    Rank GDI Rank GDI
    Cavite 1 0.7531 2 0.7002
    Rizal 2 0.7206 1 0.7509
    Laguna 3 0.6990 5 0.6622
    Pampanga 4 0.6927 9 0.6435
    Batangas 5 0.6843 6 0.6600
    Bulacan 6 0.6714 4 0.6655
    Benguet 7 0.6651 3 0.6707
    Bataan 8 0.6612 8 0.6503
    Pangasinan 9 0.6350 15 0.6022
    Zambales 10 0.6288 11 0.6183

    Source: Local-level Gender Development Index, NSCB

  • In the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013, the Philippines ranked 5th out of 136 countries, making it the only Asian country to enter in the top ten since 2006.
    2013 Rank Country Gender Gap Index (GGI) 2011 Rank
    1 Iceland 0.8731 1
    2 Finland 0.8421 2
    3 Norway 0.8417 3
    4 Sweden 0.8129 4
    5 Philippines 0.7832 8
    6 Ireland 0.7823 5
    7 New Zealand 0.7799 6
    8 Denmark 0.7779 7
    9 Switzerland 0.7736 10
    10 Nicaragua 0.7715 9
    Philippines' GGI: 2006-2013
    Year GGI World Rank
    2013 0.7832 5th
    2012 0.776 8th
    2011 0.769 8th
    2010 0.765 9th
    2009 0.758 9th
    2008 0.757 6th
    2007 0.763 6th
    2006 0.752 6th
  • The Global Gender Gap Report’s Index assesses countries on how well they divide resources and opportunities amongst male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources. The report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas, namely: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Political Empowerment, and Health and Survival.
  • The Philippines’ GGI has consistently placed the country in the circle of ten nations from 2006 to 2013, though the Philippines slipped from its 6th place to 9th places in 2009 and 2010 and to 8th places in 2011 and 2012 due to low ratings in the areas of Political Empowerment and Economic Participation and Opportunities.
  • The country moves up three places this year due to small improvements in the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindexes. Philippines ranks 10th on the Political Empowerment subindex and remains the highest-ranking country from Asia in the Index. Philippines is the only country in Asia and the Pacific that has fully closed the gender gap in both education and health – (WEF)
  • In the Women’s Economic Opportunity rankings released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 2012, the Philippines scored 50.3 points which placed the country in 74th rank out of 128 countries. The score this year is 0.1 point below the 2010 report which placed the country in 63rd rank out of 113 countries.
  • The Women’s Economic Opportunity Index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative scoring model, constructed from 26 indicators, that measures specific attributes of the environment for women employees and entrepreneurs in different economies.
  • Women’s economic opportunity is defined as a set of laws, regulations, practices, customs and attitudes that allow women to participate in the workforce under conditions roughly equal to those of men, whether as wage-earning employees or as owners of a business - (EIU).

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