Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO), Philippines

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Engendering Industries Partner Profile

LASURECO generates and distributes electricity on the island of Mindanao, and serves an area of 3,959 square kilometers, with around 51,400 connections. Of their 330 employees, 18 percent are women. USAID is proud to work with LASURECO in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

The National Power Corporation of the Philippines owned and operated all generation and transmission assets in the country until 1987, when the government first began allowing independent power producers to participate in the market. In 2001, the Philippines passed the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) with the goal of liberalizing and unbundling the power sector to promote competition. By the end of 2013, the power sector in the Philippines had become one of the most extensively privatized in the region.

The International Labour Organization reports that approximately 45 percent of Filipina women participate in the labor market. In LASURECO’s region of the Philippines, cultural norms also challenge women’s equal participation in the energy sector. Families are also mindful of the potential negative association between women who work in particular capacities; while administrative roles are largely accepted, jobs such as meter-reading and validation or any task that requires pole-climbing are all prohibited and reflect poorly upon the family.

USAID is partnering with LASURECO through the Engendering Industries program to assess and identify high-impact interventions that can improve gender equality within the organization. LASURECO will also place a strong emphasis on engaging influential male leaders as champions of gender equality.

Prior to engaging with Engendering Industries, LASURECO took the initiative to improve gender equality, most notably in women’s representation at the leadership level: LASURECO’s Chief Executive Officer is a woman, and five of eight senior managers are women. The utility also addresses sexual harassment in their code of ethics.

Three GridCo technicians pose in front of an electric power station
GridCo Technicians
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Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Date 
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:00am

Last updated: February 23, 2022