Professor “Mareng Winnie” Solita Collas-Monsod
is one of the first recipients of the 2010 Inspiring Women of the Year
(Posted 25 March 2010)
Professor Mareng Winnie Solita Collas-Monsod, a staunch supporter of and advocate for the improvement of the products and services of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS), is one of the country’s nine Inspiring Women of the Year Awardees presented by Go Negosyo and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). This award is the very first accorded by Go Negosyo-PCW to recognize highly respected Filipinas who have not only excelled in their respective fields but also embody admirable traits of compassion, concern for others, caring for the community, and integrity. The awardees are known for their advocacies, their entrepreneurial and optimistic mindset, as well as their belief in promoting women’s rights. The award was given during the Go Negosyo Entrepreneurship Summit, in line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month with the theme, “Babae, Tagumpay Ka ng Bayan!”
One of the many relevant and pressing advocacies of Mareng Winnie is the greater visibility of women in the society, through the enhancement of statistics being produced by the PSS, particularly on gender and development and the national accounts. Specifically, she has been pushing for the integration of unpaid household services in the Philippine System of National Accounts (PSNA). Because of her renewed calls to value women’s unpaid work, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) is currently revisiting the methodology, which was used in 1998 (Virola and De Perio) and 1999 (Virola), and in 2007 (Virola, Encarnacion, Zaguirre and Perez), that presented estimates of the contribution of women to the Philippine economy. During the plenary session of the 10th National Convention on Statistics, Mareng Winnie, presented a paper on, “Removing the Cloak of Invisibility: Integrating Unpaid Household Services in the Nation’s Economic Accounts.”
She has also been a key partner of the PSS, particularly the NSCB, as she greatly valued and relentlessly advocated for the extensive use and professional handling of statistics for evidence-based policy-making and decision-making of the government, stakeholders, as well as the general public. She has made significant contributions in promoting, popularizing, and using statistics aimed at increasing the relevance of statistics in nation building. Indeed, Mareng Winnie has been a constant inspiration for the women and men of the PSS to improve the delivery of statistical products and services in the country.
The NSCB congratulates Prof. Monsod for this prestigious award.