The camp of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to have a “gender-balanced” leadership, citing the importance of women’s participation in running the government.
Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, said the transition team has tapped Sen. Pia Cayetano to advise Duterte’s selection committee on the selection of women who can be tapped for the Cabinet.
Laviña said they sought Cayetano as an adviser because “we want to identify, vet and select more women leaders to join the government.”
“This is not in response to criticism that the mayor is anti-women. In Davao City, you will note, the mayor has appointed many women leaders in the city government,” he said.
Cayetano, who joined Laviña’s news briefing, said the Duterte administration will form a gender-sensitive Cabinet, to ensure that the concerns of women will reach the top officials of the Executive branch.
“It is important that we have a gender-balanced leadership, the voice of women are heard, and the concerns of women are addressed at the highest level because it will flow,” she said.
“I want to assure the public that we will do everything to make sure that the best women are selected for these positions,” Cayetano added.
The outgoing senator, who was elected as Taguig representative, is the sister of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate.