By Joseph Pedrajas, March 10, 2023; Manila Bulletin

The Philippine government has put in place measures to protect women and promote their welfare, an official said at a gathering of international delegates at the UN headquarters.

According to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Usec. Margarita Gutierrez, the current administration put in place numerous contingencies for women’s protection as well to address their concerns despite challenges faced by the country in terms of connectivity.

Gutierrez also said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s government supports and prioritizes women-dominated industries to adapt to the digital economy.

“A digital transformation tool kit determines their readiness and provides specialized training programs such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program,” she said in her speech before the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.

“The National Innovation Council cites learning and education as among its 10 priority areas. The Innovation Fund provides grants for enterprises developing innovative solutions, including those led by women,” she added.

Meanwhile, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo secured the chairmanship of the 68th session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) next year.

This came after the Asia Pacific Group endorsed the candidature of the Philippines to chair the 68th session of the CSW, which will immediately open after the conclusion of the 67th session on March 17.

The priority theme of CSW68 is to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.