By Genalyn D. Kabiling
DA NANG, Vietnam — United States President Donald Trump praised the Philippines for its trailblazing efforts to address gender inequality and promote women empowerment in business and politics.
Addressing the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-CEO summit in Vietnam, Trump lauded the Philippines for its continued high ranking in the recent World Economic Forum global gender gap report.
“The Philippines has emerged as a proud nation of strong and devout families,” Trump said in his remarks at the Ariyana Da Nang Exhibition Center.
“For 11 consecutive years, the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines first among Asian countries in closing the gender gap and embracing women leaders in business and in politics,” he added.
Trump mentioned the Philippine while citing several Asian countries for their “incredible transformation that we have seen across the region.”
In the WEF report, the Philippines remained the most gender equal nation in Asia after placing 10th place in the global ranking. It earned a sore of 0.790.
Manila, however, fell three notches from seventh place in the 2016 world ranking amid the supposed worsening performance on wage equality.
The WEF survey, covering 144 countries, measures gender equality by analyzing women’s participation rates and gaps between men and women in politics, economy, education and health.
Trump’s speech before the APEC-CEO summit came shortly before President Duterte’s bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin at a nearby hotel.
Duterte had already delivered his keynote address before the business community last Thursday afternoon.
The two leaders are expected to meet for the first time during the APEC summit since their historic elections last year. A formal bilateral meeting has been arranged on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila next week.
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