Men far outnumber women in Northern Mindanao, according to the head of the region’s National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB-10).

“Based on the 2007 census, there are 104 men for every 100 women in the region and there are more men than women until you reach the age of 64,” said Linnito Pascual, NSCB-10 officer in charge-regional division head.

Pascual said while it was true in the ’80s that there were more women than men in Northern Mindanao, this is no longer true at present as shown in the 2000 and 2007 censuses, giving hope to single women to find a partner in life.

“There are more single men in the region than there are single women aged 10 years and above,” he said, adding that there are “120 single men for every 100 single women” in the region.

According to Pascual, the greatest disparity between men and women is in public office.

Based on the 2007 elections, men holding elective public office far outnumber women by an overwhelming 84.3 percent of the total.

Of the 12 congressional representatives in Northern Mindanao, only two are women, namely, Rep. Marina Clarete and Herminia Ramiro of the First and Second congressional districts, respectively, of Misamis Occidental.

Misamis Oriental’s two legislative districts have men: Rep. Danilo Lagbas (deceased, First District) and Rep. Yevgeny Emano (Second District). Lanao del Norte’s two legislative districts are represented by Rep. Vicente Belmonte and Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo, both men. Camiguin’s lone legislative district has Rep. Pedro Romualdo, while all three legislative districts of Bukidnon are dominated by men: Rep. Candido Pancrudo (First District), Rep. Teofisto Guingona III (Second District) and Rep. Jose Maria Zubiri III (Third District).

All the five governors of Northern Mindanao are men: Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental, Loreto Leo Ocampos of Misamis Occidental, Jose Maria Zubiri of Bukidnon, Jesus Jurdin Romualdo of Camiguin and Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte.

Only one of the region’s five governors is a woman, Irma Ali of Lanao del Norte.

Of the entire region’s 46 Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, only two are women; 72 of the 93 mayors are men and 79 of the 93 vice mayors are men, said Pascual.

Aside from politics, men also dominate the labor force and employment in the region.

“The October round of the Labor Force Survey [2008] posted 1.38 million men over 1.34 million women,” he said, adding, “Men have a higher labor force participation rate of 83.2 percent with a 95.8-percent employment rate, whereas women only have 59.7 percent participation rate and 95.7 employment rate.”

Pascual said the only sector where women outnumber the men is in government employment.

“The 2008 CSC Inventory of Government Personnel showed that there are 13,691 women, 13,393 men and 321 whose gender is not indicated in government service in Northern Mindanao,” he said.

However, “the women’s share is declining in comparison to the 2003 CSC report which showed that there are 34,848 women and 26,015 men in government service in Region 10,” he added.

Written by Bong D. Fabe / Correspondent -BusinessMirror

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