More women graduates in PH: NSCB

by David Dizon,

Posted at Mar 20 2013 08:05 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2013 04:05 AM

MANILA - More Filipino women are graduating from college than men, with business administration cited as the most common field of study for Filipinas, a National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) report said Wednesday.

Data from the 2008 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey, the October 2012 Labor Force Survey and the National Statistics Office revealed women had a higher functional literacy rate (88.7%) compared to men (84.2%).

It showed 24.9% of Filipino women are completing college or higher studies compared to only 21.2% of Filipino men.

Men slightly outnumber women in the Philippines, with 46.5 million Filipino men compared to 45.6 million Filipinas, according to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.  

The figures showed that more Filipino women are completing their education than men, from elementary to college. The most common field of study for women is business administration while more men prefer information technology, according to 2011-2012 data from the Commission on Higher Education.

NSO data shows Filipino men have a higher labor force participation rate (78.3%) than women (49.7%). Unemployment among men is also higher at 7% compared to women at 6.7%, according to the NSO.

A 2011 survey on overseas Filipinos showed male Filipino workers send higher remittances compared to Filipina workers.

Total remittances for Filipino workers overseas is at 108,571,000 pesos compared to only 47,766,000 for Filipina workers overseas.

The estimates cover remittances during six months prior to the 2011 survey of overseas Filipinos (SOF) whose departure occurred within the last 5 years and who are working or had worked abroad during the past 6 months (April to September) of the survey period.

The 2011 SOF shows there are more male Filipinos working abroad (1,126,000) compared to women (1,032,000). Saudi Arabia is the most common destination of male Filipino workers abroad while most overseas Filipinas cite the United Arab Emirates as their most common destination.

Most Filipino men working abroad are employed as plant and machine operators and assemblers while most Filipinas working abroad are laborers and unskilled workers, according to the NSO.