PCW statement on Meralco’s pioneering of linewomen training

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) commends the Manila Electric Company (Meralco)’s move to break their 110-year self-confessed gender insensitivity by pioneering a training program of linewomen.

In a statement, Meralco Senior Vice President Ramon Segismundo said this paradigm shift challenges the gender assumption that utility industries are exclusive to men.

He added that the said training program, which is somewhat similar to a military training, is the first in Southeast Asia.

Under the program, women aged 18 years old and above can undergo series of rigorous, physical training and endurance conditioning that aims to capacitate them in using manually-operated tools and climb 30 to 50-feet utility poles.

Meralco, on the other hand, clarified that amid physical training and work hazards, qualified linewomen will enjoy the benefits and privileges due to them.

The PCW is delighted that private corporations, like Meralco, are now acknowledging women’s capability to work in occupations originally thought as only for men, in accordance to of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).

May this development serve as an eye-opener to other agencies and corporations to become more gender sensitive and eventually eliminate gender stereotyping and discrimination.