Philippines 17th Best Place for Women, Lacierda Statement

Filipinas Philippines Women
Statement of the Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda: 
On the Philippines’ ranking as the 17th Best Place for Women
[Released on September 21, 2011] 
We are heartened to read that according to a recently published Newsweek article, “The Best and Worst Places for Women,” the Philippines topped Asia as the country that offers women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life.
Of 165 countries, the Philippines ranked 17, and is the only Asian country to be included in the top 20. Garnering an overall score of 86.3 out of 100, our country scored highest in the areas of education (92.2), economics (89.1), and justice (88.4).
This is an affirmation of the respect our culture has always accorded to Filipino women—one that manifests itself as well in our government’s efforts to promote equal gender opportunities in all spheres of public policies and progr