Reproductive Health

PHL lags in RH behind ASEAN neighbors, but making progress – PopCom

Published by rudy Date posted on March 8, 2016

The executive director of the Commission on Population (PopCom) admitted that the Philippines lags behind other countries in Southeast Asia when it comes to reproductive health.

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UN, WHO: Reproductive health in the Philippines lags behind ASEAN neighbors

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2016

According to the World Health Organization, almost two out of three Filipinas are not using any birth control method. This results to unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

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Sexual and reproductive health among youth, women

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2016

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sex before marriage has become more common among youth in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a recent report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Teen pregnancy down in Asia-Pacific, except PH – report

Published by rudy Date posted on February 3, 2016

There’s been little change in the number of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines, says a UN agency MANILA, Philippines – Young, sexually active, and clueless. That is how some unwanted pregnancies start out in the Philippines and elsewhere.

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RH champions awarded for contributions to family planning

Published by rudy Date posted on January 29, 2016

Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Health Secretary Janette Garin’s efforts to promote family planning earn them international recognition BALI, Indonesia – Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin were among the winners of the 2016 Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning Awards for their role in aiding the passage of…

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Misleading

Published by rudy Date posted on January 15, 2016

It is really quite alarming to note that some people, including those in the media, are giving their own interpretations and conclusions about certain items currently hugging the headlines. This is very noticeable especially in the latest development on the Grace Poe disqualification cases pending in the Supreme Court (SC) as well as the recent…

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Rising number of teenage pregnancies alarms officials

Published by rudy Date posted on January 12, 2016

In the Philippines, one girl aged 15 to 19 gives birth every two and a half minutes. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Officials sounded the alarm on the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the country in a health forum on Tuesday (January 12).

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Reproductive health budget cut: A betrayal of women

Published by rudy Date posted on January 9, 2016

This principle envisions individuals and communities who have been historically marginalized and rendered vulnerable to have the means to take care of themselves

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UN, former lawmakers alarmed at yanking of budget for contraceptives

Published by rudy Date posted on January 8, 2016

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 2 – 2:10 p.m.) The P1 billion cut in the budget for contraceptives of the Department of Health has alarmed advocates of reproductive health. On Thursday, a day after Health Secretary Janette Garin made the revelation, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros issued emailed statements expressing…

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Philippines population seen to hit 104M

Published by rudy Date posted on January 3, 2016

Country’s population is projected to increase to 104 million this year as 1.5 million babies are expected to be born MANILA, Philippines – The country’s population is projected to increase to 104 million this year as 1.5 million babies are expected to be born, the Commission on Population (PopCom) said yesterday.

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Adolescence in crisis: Philippines’ island of teen mums

Published by rudy Date posted on November 26, 2015

In the Philippines, about 14% of the female teenage population are either pregnant for the first time or are already a mother. GET REAL goes to Bamboo Creek, which has the nation’s highest prevalence of adolescent pregnancy.

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The reality of abortion in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on September 13, 2015

‘Permitting restrictions on women’s right to decide their own bodies perpetuate discrimination against women and inequality of women in law’ Abortion is a reality for Filipino women. The illegality of abortion has not deterred Filipino women from inducing unsafe abortion. It has only made it dangerous for them where estimates in 2012 show that 610,000…

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Abortion remains the terrible thing it is…so Pope Francis’ gesture means a lot

Published by rudy Date posted on September 3, 2015

So that all may understand what Pope Francis is reported to have done for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, here is the current practice in the Church.

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Philippines’ family planning law finds challenges

Published by rudy Date posted on August 18, 2015

MANILA—A long-awaited reproductive health law in the Catholic-majority Philippines that took effect a year ago is still facing challenges. Health service providers are dealing with a new Supreme Court order curbing some free contraception for the poor.

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UN: Philippine efforts to uphold women’s rights not enough

Published by rudy Date posted on June 29, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines still falls short in preventing the violation of women’s reproductive rights despite its passage of a Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law in 2012, a report of a United Nations committee revealed.

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A year after the RH law, why the silence?

Published by rudy Date posted on June 27, 2015

Payal Shah, senior legal adviser of the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses UN committee findings that many Filipinas still have no access to contraceptives and services

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UN Women’s Committee makes inquiry into sexual and reproductive health rights in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on June 23, 2015

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has issued a summary of an inquiry initiated on the basis of information received in 2008 from three women’s rights NGOs in the Philippines.

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Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

Published by rudy Date posted on May 29, 2015

On any given day, more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating worldwide. That’s right, I said it:menstruating.

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PH accountable for Manila’s reproductive rights violations – UN

Published by rudy Date posted on May 6, 2015

UN says Manila’s Executive Orders 003 and 030 violate women’s right to access reproductive health information and services MANILA, Philippines – Manila’s local policies harm women’s reproductive health (RH) rights, said the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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Pinays denied RH services—UN

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2015

An international human rights group denounced the Philippine government for denying the full range of reproductive health services for thousands of Filipino women, including universal and affordable modern contraceptives.

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Local program helps lower high rates of maternal deaths

Published by rudy Date posted on May 2, 2015

Maternal death is the death of a woman during pregnancy, during delivery or soon after childbirth (excluding accidental or incidental causes). It is regarded as a tragedy for the woman, her family and for society as a whole—a reason why it was included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

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Will working mothers take your company to court?

Published by rudy Date posted on April 22, 2015

Read the article here https://hbr.org/2012/09/will-working-mothers-take-your-company-to-court?utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet

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Cayetano bill to give moms longer leave

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2015

MANILA, Philippines–A bill has been filed in the Senate that would give working mothers more time to take care of their newborns—longer than the current 60-day maternity leave with full pay with an option for a 30-day “extension”.

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Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings later: study

Published by rudy Date posted on March 18, 2015

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher … People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings, according to a study published Wednesday that tracked the development of 3,500 newborns over 30 years.

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Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Published by rudy Date posted on February 24, 2015

Sex and pregnancy, for some, will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life. Or sometimes earlier, but only by accident. MANILA, Philippines — Mama, I’m bleeding.

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Philippines, “new growth engine” of Southeast Asia due to population boom

Published by rudy Date posted on February 11, 2015

Growth in manufacturing industry, exports and the young workforce: the keys to this success. Catholic priest: “A strong and robust population is a great resource for the welfare of the country, but the government promotes population control under the guise of eliminating poverty”.

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Kids having kids: When choice is not an option

Published by rudy Date posted on February 10, 2015

Sex is a word thrown around lightly these days; but you’ll be surprised how little understood it is, particularly among Filipino youth under 18 MANILA, Philippines — How are babies made? Dindin* giggled, following a silent whisper: “Sex.”

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Philippine typhoon exposes need for maternal care in evacuation centres

Published by rudy Date posted on December 11, 2014

More than 30,000 pregnant women in seven regions need help Manila: The experience with typhoon Hagupit has underscored the lack of access to reproductive health services in the Philippines during emergencies such as natural disasters, experts have said.

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Number of Filipinos using modern contraception rose by 209,000 in 2013 – report

Published by rudy Date posted on November 3, 2014

The number of Filipinos who use modern contraception methods rose by about 209,000 in 2013, according to an international progress report on family planning.

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Another blitz move

Published by rudy Date posted on September 11, 2014

Peace in our country, particularly in the strife-torn Mindanao, is of course the aspiration of all Filipinos. We are all looking forward to an era when our countrymen in that troubled part of our land will finally enjoy a more lasting orderly life free from violence and destruction. The signing of a peace accord and…

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