DENR cites agency’s growing number of women execs
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reported a growing number of women holding management positions in the agency.
“In the present time, I am happy to say that we have much to celebrate as we have continuously empowered women within the department,” Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Service Corazon Davis said in a recent event to kick off Women’s Month held at the DENR central office in Quezon City.
Davis, who co-chairs the DENR Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System, noted that from only five percent females in third level positions in 1987, the DENR officials are now 26 percent women under the term of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.
She said that the undersecretary posts, which were previously male-dominated, are now occupied by two females, while the agency now has five assistant secretaries.
Davis also cited the increase in the number of management positions occupied by women: service directors, from three to 13; regional directors, from one to 12; assistant regional directors, from one to seven; and provincial environment and natural resources officers, from two to nine.
Despite this development, Davis said more needs to be done to close the gender gap at the DENR workplace.
“This is not to say that there are no gaps, in fact, we must strive to increase the number of women who are involved in the decision-making process of this institution,” Davis pointed out.
March was declared Women’s Role in History Month and its first week as Women’s Week as per Proclamation No. 227 and 224, respectively.
March 8 of every year is National Women’s Day pursuant to Republic Act No. 6949, series of 1990, as well as International Women’s Day as declared by the United Nations.