Financial woes move
more women to work, provide for family
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
CEBU CITY – Lady Canonigo, 45, used to stay at home doing the household chores while
her husband is working. But times have change, prompting Lady Canonigo
to find work to help her husband in feeding their four children.
With the unstable
income of her husband who works as a contractual driver, Canonigo
decided to earn an income selling fish in Barangay Tangke, Talisay
Now, through the
combined hard work of Canonigo and her husband, two of their four
children will receive their college diploma this month.
“If I stayed in the
house, doing laundry and cleaning, I don’t think my children would
have finished their studies,” she said in Cebuano.
Canonigo, a client of
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Micro-finance, is among the
increasing number of women who is assisting their spouses to provide
for the family amid the challenging financial times.
This does not mean,
though, that men should feel weak with the changing roles of women
today, according to sex and gender development sociologist Aldwin
“Both husband and wife
can benefit with this change. The nurturing instinct is developed
among men and leadership skills among women,” Empaces said in an
interview with Pagtuki, the official radio program of RAFI aired every
Saturday at 10-11 a.m. over dyLA.
In celebration of
Women’s Month in March, Pagtuki featured women entrepreneurs.
Empaces pointed out
that stereotyping on the roles of women and men should not have a
place in this generation.
“What we need is a
place for acceptance of change. We have not reached that level of
total acceptance. We are still in the stage of complete tolerance.
There should be no concept like ‘lalaki dapat..., babaye dapat...’.
The acceptance should begin at home,” he said.
He said that what is
nice with the Filipino culture is its openness to change in terms of
Canonigo admitted that
her husband was reluctant in letting her open her business. “Maybe it
was his pride which made him reluctant, because he believes that a man
should provide for his family. In the end, he agreed,” she recalled in
One factor that
brought the shifting of role of women is the economic challenges in
the society, said Empaces. The current economy demands that one
breadwinner in the family isn't enough, he added.