The women's movement is also beginning to be felt as a strong force.
However, pending bills on domestic violence were still being stalled in the legislature. The Philippines, a country of more than 70 million people and with a relatively high population growth rate, faces significant problems of poverty, unemployment and underemployment and particularly of environmental degradation.
Studies indicate, however, that women's traditional role in the family had remained essentially the same. Major challenges and gaps remain, however, which need to be addressed. According to the International Labour Organization ILOthe Philippine economy will have to grow by an estimated 8 to 10 per cent annually to generate enough jobs for labour entrants.
A provision on gender responsive projects was included in the General Appropriations Act and the Budget Call classified women in development and gender and development activities as priority Government programmes to ensure their consideration from the very start of the budgeting process.
The Government had also committed to set aside 20 per cent of the national budget for social programmes and services, which ultimately benefited women. Skills enhancement seminars were made available to migrants through the embassies in a number of countries.
The Committee will meet again at 3 p. Non-payment of wages, discrimination and sexual abuse abound and one of the Government's major concerns is inadequacy of protective mechanisms to deal with abusive employers in host countries.
In addition, women, particularly mothers, suffer some of the worst primary malnutrition problems.