Filipino women still spend more hours of housework than men, survey finds

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — While the coronavirus pandemic has forced families to stay at home as much as possible, Filipino women continue to devote more time doing household chores than men, a recent survey showed.

According to the 2021 National Household Care Survey, Filipino women are "still bearing the brunt of unpaid care work," spending up to 13 hours a day juggling multiple activities compared to only 8 hours for men, a slight improvement from 5 hours a day in 2017.

On average, Filipino women put in 6.5 hours a day to do care work as their primary activity.

On the other hand, Filipino men spend an average of 2.43 hours per day with care work as their primary activity.

The survey, conducted in the first quarter, identified "care work" as activities such as "fetching water, doing laundry, or taking care of sick family members."

Leah Payud, Resilience Portfolio manager of Oxfam Philippines, described the results of the survey as "disappointing, stressing this proved the "inequality at home."

"It was expected that time spent on care work would increase for men, especially since many were forced to stay and even work at home," Payud was quoted as saying in a statement on Sunday.

"We’re hoping that more men, especially those from the younger generations, would start to take on care work and challenge social norms," Payud added.

She also noted the need to have institutional changes to support the care economy, including water systems, health care delivery, and day care services.

Payud believes this will result in the redistribution of care tasks and stress the importance of care work for both men and women.

The 2021 National Household Care Survey, commissioned by Oxfam Philippines and partner organizations, involved interviews with 1,177 individuals from randomly sampled households in Cagayan, Metro Manila, Masbate, Eastern Samar, Cebu, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.