Philippines in the Global Arena

  • In the Human Development Report 2015, the Philippines’ Human Development Index (HDI) is estimated at 0.668, placing the country in the 115th rank out of 188 countries. The country’s HDI is 0.043 lower than the world index and 0.042 lower than the East Asia and the Pacific region index. HDI provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income.
  • The Philippines, through the then 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:

    Gender Development Index (GDI) of top 10 

     Provinces: Philippines, 2000 & 2003

    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 2016, the Philippines ranked 7th out of 144 countries, making it the only Asian country to enter in the top ten since 2006.

Gender Gap Index (GGI) of top 10 countries: 2016

2016 Rank

Country

Gender Gap Index (GGI)

2015 Rank

1

Iceland

0.874

1

2

Finland

0.845

2

3

Norway

0.842

3

4

Sweden

0.815

4

5

Rwanda

0.800

6

6

Ireland

0.797

5

7

Philippines

0.786

7

8

Slovenia

0.786

9

9

New Zealand

0.781

10

10

Nicaragua

0.780

12

Philippines’ GGI: 2006 - 2016

Year

GGI

World Rank

2016

0.786

7th

2015

0.790

7th

2014

0.7814

9th

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 2016, though the Philippines slipped from its 6th places in 2006, 2007 and 2008 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.
  • In 2013, the Philippines’s gender gap index has improved to 5th rank. The country moved up three places due to small improvements in the Economic Participation and Opportunity sub-index. The Philippines ranked 10th on the Political Empowerment sub-index and remained the highest-ranking country from Asia in the Index. However, in 2014 and 2015, the Philippines slipped again to 9th and 7th places, respectively.
  • In 2016, the country’s GGI decreased slightly at 0.786 from 0.790 in 2015 maintaining its world rank at 7th place from the previous year. Still, the 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 Opportunity1 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 in 2012 is 0.1 point below the 2010 report which placed the country in 63rd rank out of 113 countries.  
     

 

 

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