More women hold diplomas vs. men

·Kim Arveen Patria
Thousands of students and faculty members dance to the theme song of the One Billion Rising campaign in the quadrangle of the St. Scholastica college in Manila February 14, 2013. One Billion Rising is a global campaign to call for an end to violence against women and girls, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY EDUCATION) (REUTERS)

Filipino women slightly edge out men in terms of bagging diplomas, but more males still join the labor force, government data showed.

Updates on women and men in the Philippines released by the National Statistical Coordination Board said 24.9 percent of Pinays are college graduates.

This is higher than the 21.2 percent of male college graduates based on the 2008 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey, which is the latest available data.

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Business administration was the top choice for women in higher education, while men prefer information technology as their degrees.

Even the graduate populations for elementary and high school are slightly tipped toward females' favor.

Pinays with high school diplomas composed 20.9 percent of the country's total female population. This compares to 19.5 percent in men.

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Meanwhile, 11.8 percent of Filipino women only finished elementary graduates, versus 11.7 percent in Pinoy males.

More Filipino men than women, join the workforce, however, the NSCB said, citing the 2012 Labor Force Survey.

Labor force participation rate among Pinoy males was pegged at 78.3 percent. The number is significantly lower for women at 49.7 percent.

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But unemployment rate was slightly also slightly higher among men at 7 percent, compared to 6 percent in Filipino women.

Meanwhile, Filipino women who are unpaid family workers comprised 56.9 percent of the total female population, and 43.1 percent of Pinoy males.

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