Philippine initiatives to promote Women's Economic Empowerment

The Philippine government undertakes several measures that aim to promote the economic empowerment of women that include:

  • review of existing economic programs for women towards consolidating these programs for greater impact;
  • identification and review of existing key economic programs for women and enhancing women’s access to economic resources such as capital, technology, information, market and training; and
  • addressing the negative impacts of globalization on women.

Besides the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), it has also enacted major legislations that address WEE which include:

  • R.A. 9700: CARPER Law
  • R.A. 9501: Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • R.A. 9178: Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE's) Act of 2002
  • R.A. 8425: Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act
  • R.A. 8289: Magna Carta for Small Enterprises
  • R.A. 8042: Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995
  • R.A. 7882: Providing Assistance to Women Engaging in Micro and Cottage Business Enterprises
  • R.A. 6938: Cooperative Code of the Philippines
  • R.A. 6725: Act Strengthening the Prohibition on Discrimination against Women with Respect to Terms and Conditions of Employment

Also taking the lead in furthering the thrust towards WEE is the PCW which is the lead executing agency for the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project. The GREAT Women Project is a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women's economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.

The GREAT Women Project works in coordination with national government agencies involved in micro-, small- and medium-scale enterprise (MSME) development and select local government units in the implementation of its WEE programs and activities. The Project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).