Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mulat Pinoy brings population and development awareness to youth in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

Social Networth participants during their activity
In February 2012, 24 students from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao visited Manila to participate in Mulat Pinoy’s workshop, “Social NetWorth: The Filipino Youth on Social Media and Popdev.”  The workshop participants hailed from Manila, Quezon City, Calamba, Cebu, Iloilo, General Santos City and Davao, and were all college students and leaders in their communities.

Social NetWorth aimed to teach the participants about population and development (popdev) issues: in particular, how the population affects other things like the environment, employment and education. In addition, the participants learned about media and social networks, and how these can be used as tools to promote awareness of popdev.

During the workshop, the participants produced videos where they focused on a popdev issue and called the youth to action. These videos may be viewed on the Mulat Pinoy YouTube Account (

After the workshop, the participants returned to their communities to develop a Mulat Pinoy project of their own. The 24 participants were divided in pairs or groups, each with a cause, a vision, a mission and a blog.

The eleven (11) Social NetWorth Blogs are hosted by Mulat Pinoy, but completely managed by the participants. They produce all their own content, which aims to feature various population issues. One blog talks about street children, while another focuses on the unemployment problem. One pair is looking at environment issues in Davao, and a trio from Visayas is tackling the different ways in which poverty strikes rural areas. A pair from UP Diliman is exploring the pros and cons of sex education, while students from Miriam College are examining the question of overpopulation.

In addition to using these blogs as platforms for the discussion of population issues, the participants are using various social networks like Facebook and Twitter to invite other Netizens to join their discussions. To supplement the online discussion, they have also planned activities in their communities: forums and workshops to share what they have learned, debates, interviews, information campaigns and many more.

Visit the Social NetWorth portal at to see how the SNW participants are talking about popdev in their communities.



Regina Layug Rosero
Project Coordinator, Mulat Pinoy
Telephone: (+632) 4330456

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Young Nurses Decry Employment Crisis

Press Release: Young Nurses Decry Employment Crisis

Manila, Philippines - Filipino young nurses are facing a great challenge - finding a decent work and employment, which has been really hard to reach lately.

Members of the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates (AYNLA) lamented that young nurses have meager chances of getting employment with more than 200,000 other nurses hunting for decent work. AYNLA celebrates Youth Employment Month this March.

"Professional Poverty"
AYNLA National President & CEO Alvin Dakis said in a statement that young nurses are experiencing what he termed as "professional poverty" where there are many registered nurses who are unemployed and underemployed but the country is in dire need of nurses in hospitals, care facilities and local health units. "more nurses are suffering than ever before, and these young nurses are not able to get decent work and pay. Many of my colleagues are working way far from their sworn profession." Dakis said.

According to AYNLA, many of their members are now working in other fields far from the profession but still many are jobless, some for more than 3 years already. Some of their members are now in security force, fastfood chain businesses, supermarkets and the most common of all is the BPO industry. "I've met one nurse who have to prostitute herself just to get through life. I was devastated." Dakis said.

Not enough efforts
AYNLA's Political Affairs Secretary Jonathan Monis said that the efforts done to alleviate the current employment crisis of nurses is not enough and some are not sustainable especially in addressing public health issues and the Millennium Development Goals. "We have thousands of nurses, yet we fall short in achieving the MDGs especially in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and halting the spread of HIV" Monis said.

Although the Department of Health has already implemented 3 batches of RNHEALS (Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service), AYNLA believes that there should still be a more sustainable program and that the government needs to invest in nurses.

Currently, AYNLA is working with the National Anti-Poverty Commission in ensuring that nurses will be helping in the poverty alleviation programs of the government at the same time cooperating with other national & local government agencies, development agencies and the civil society organizations. "It would take every stakeholder involved to make a comprehensive program to help nurses in this crisis" Dakis said.
Invest in Filipino nurses
AYNLA nurses in different parts of the Philippines joined the call to the government, the private sector, the media and the civil society organization to protect the rights of our licensed health professionals and to invest in them for an enhanced public health service delivery.

Darren Carino from Abra said "we can invest in our nurses and develop a nursing social enterprise, by helping our nurses gain capital to start up their own clinics and practice independently."

Junilee Arano from Iloilo said "apart from addressing employment issues, we should also look into the welfare of our nurses because 75% of the nursing population is comprised of women. We must look into their welfare and those who are working with additional hazards".

Junex Firmalino from General Santos said "by investing in our nurses, we can enhance the public health of every community addressing the government's social contract of universal access to healthcare...".

Ivy Tejada from Pampanga said "we have to invest in our young nurses and train them to become efficient providers of reproductive health services, educators of sexuality education, gender & development and effective health providers for HIV awareness, treatment, care & support."

AYNLA is also urging all young nurses to gather and work together to achieve a decent work for every nurse in the country. AYNLA's national campaign "Every Nurse Counts" ensures that no nurse will be left behind in their fight to protect nurses' and health professionals' right to have a decent work & employment and to be better in the profession of caring.

National President & CEO, AYNLA International Inc.
Mobile Number: 09053139890
Duo Number: (02)9047634

Women's Lament for Lent: Stop Maternal Death!

27 March, 2012

“Mother as warrior and survivor” will be the highlight of Lenten rituals organized by the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN), the largest coalition made up of women's and other sectoral groups. The event called, "Pasyon: “Panaghoy at Pagbangon ng Kababaihan” brings women to three "stations" or tableaus reminiscent of the Pasyon. The first depicts maternal agony and death;  the second depicts the institutions  that prevent her from  achieving full maternal health and well-being; and the third, a pledge to fight together as women and prevail over her ‘enemies’- the church hierarchy, and insensitive governance that has yet to decide whether women’s lives are worth saving.   

The Pasyon culminates in reiterating women’s commitment to fight for reproductive health and rights, chanting their pledges on the iconic, life-sized sculptures of  Agnes Arellano’s  "Haliya" (the expectant mother)and "Red Carcass" representing the violated woman stripped of her reproductive parts. There will be poetry-reading and singing by women-artists.  Giselle Tongi, Lolita Carbon, Bayang Barrios and Cookie Chua will be joined by one thousand women, comprising community and professional groups on Friday, March 30, 3:30-7:00 pm at Bantayog ng mga Bayani grounds along Quezon Avenue.

"We had been preparing to celebrate the passage of the RH Bill since all possible arguments had been exhausted in over 10 years of debate. The people have spoken ;  popular will for the RH bill has been steadfast. But it seems the religious right's obstinate resistance is too great for our government officials to overcome," lamented Rochit Tanedo, writer and public information officer of RHAN. 

"It is a travesty that women who are “kagampan” or about to give life continue to die needlessly", said Dr. Junice Melgar, Secretary-General of RHAN. "People need to see these deaths, not as fate or destiny, but as the result of societal discrimination. They need to understand why women are enraged by such injustice and why we have to fight to make our lives count."

The Lenten program is part of RHAN's advocacy to put Reproductive Health and Rights in the center of public policy. RHAN has been advocating for people-centered reproductive health policies, including the RH Bill, since 2001. It is comprised of 44 national organizations and over 10,000 individuals, including women leaders, community leaders, youth leaders, academics, lawyers, health professionals, and media practitioners. RHAN members organize communities, provide information and educate, and operate clinics and development programs.


For further information, contact the RHAN Secretariat
Joy Salgado (mobile: 0915 4079894); Ellen San Gabriel (mobile:0916 6025203)
Likhaan Center for Women's Health, Inc.
88 Times St., West Triangle Homes, QC
Tel. 926-6230, Telefax. 411-3151

Friday, March 09, 2012

My short message for the International Women's Month, May 8th 2012

I have always idolized women when I was very young, and all the more when I grew and got to know many wonderful super women as well. I have adored how they show their strength in their most composed attitude. How they showed compassion but showed firmness at the same time. How they can make things more creative, funner and brighter. How they make you laugh and cry at the same time. 

But not all women are as empowered as the others who enjoy as much freedom as they could. Many women are still in the dark & chained by the society. Many of them have their basic rights curtailed. And many of them have their lives being dictated by men who seemed to know better than they are. Therefore I urge all women to stand in defense of their rights, lives, families and our motherland. Never let anyone curb your voices in silence and never let your defenses be weakened by making you a second-class citizen. You are the society, you are the future.

As the world commemorate your greatness this International Women's Month, may this be a reminder of how great a mother, daughter, sister, professional, worker, leader, and woman you are. Remember that all great leaders of the world you bore for nine months, deliver them safely and nurtured them. Without you, there will be no freedom, no democracy, no leaders to shape a better world.

And to all women in the world, biological or self-identified, you are the greatest creation this world will have. Where will all these beautiful men if they weren't from you? My salute and forever gratitude to all women!

In solidarity,

Alvin Dakis, RN
Young leader & visionary
Advocate of women's & young people's rights & welfare
Self-declared Honorary Woman ^_^

Thursday, March 08, 2012

[Vital Signs Column] TeleGeriatric Nursing: Caring for the elderly the digitized way

Vital Signs, is the FIRST newspaper for the medical community. It caters to doctors, health workers and other healthcare professionals, bringing them the latest health news, scientific updates, as well as opinions, and commentaries on current issues impacting healthcare delivery in the country. You can read Alvin Dakis' columns on nursing & social issues named Nurse's Notes in every Vital Signs newspaper published every 1st & 15th of the month. 

The Philippines is a country where the family bond is so strong where children would grow and have families on their own but still lives with their parents. Did you notice this as well? Where our lolos and lolas would play with their grandchildren, some even spoil them. Regardless of social class, the Filipino family loves their old parents hanging around the house. 

We are currently considered a “young population” where only 6.8% of the entire population belonging to the elderly (NSCB, 2010) but is expecting a rise in numbers in 2050, where the country will be considered as an “ageing population”. It is also in this study that reveals 1 out of 5 households have a senior citizen. In 2010, the regions that have the highest number of elderly belong to NCR, Regions 3 & 4. 

This culture is distinct to the Filipinos but as a nurse, I asked myself if how efficient our elderlies get supplemental care at home. According to the National Statistics Office study in 2005, there are 34.93% elderly people who are also disabled or suffering from disability and there about 5.4% of them living alone. Considering these, my question would somehow be valid.

The Elderly Challenge
Another interesting fact to look into is that the elderly population has a 16.2% poverty incidence and that one elderly will be supported by every 15 working persons. These data are essential in looking into how elderly people access healthcare and how it is related to their living conditions.

The elderly also would need specialist aged care provider like gerontologists or geriatricians and geriatric nurses because there are many elderly persons that are incapable of traveling outside their homes and or need assistance because of their cognitive incapability.

The World Health Organization in 2004 identified barriers to care for older people:

·   Transport to health center or care facilities may be unavailable or too expensive for them or their family members. That is why many of Filipino elderly people tend to stay in their homes and not seek professional medical help;
·  Many elderly wait in long queues in health centers and when it is their time for consultation, the healthcare provider only has a small time left for consultation;
·  They also have difficulty completing required forms because of either a decreased physical or cognitive abilities;
·  Another barrier is that there are overburdened health providers or staff. Overburdened staff would have lesser time to interact with each patient and would tend to give less attention to their needs; and
·  The elderly person may not understand why to take his/her medications, understand its side effects and how to manage adverse effects as well.

Considering the WHO identified barriers, we can say that some of these are present in a household with an elderly person. How can we then monitor their health condition properly when adults go to work, and students to school? Using a simple but new technology may help us ease that problem.

Telehealth – a new promise for health access
Health monitoring & early detection of a disease or disorder can be made using telehealth – bridging healthcare service delivery using digital gadget, software or hardware and any other technological innovation. Telegeriatric is then a technological innovation that a nurse can utilize to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate interventions for the elderly client.

Telegeriatric nursing is an emerging trend of advance nursing practice in the Philippines. It does not aim to replace traditional doctors or nurses for that matter but this can be a tool to better our services to our elderly clients especially in the underserved areas and where the elderly would not or cannot access the nearest health center. This tool can be used to further make informed decisions.

Recently, I met with Ayala Foundation/ACCESS Health International together with the Zuellig Foundation, Asian Institute of Management and other partners for a possible project Ayala Foundation is eyeing on – a mobile healthcare project for elderly clients. This project will be piloted by volunteer nurses that will monitor elderly persons for six (6) months and develop a business model out of the initiative.

The initial name of the project is SILVERLINC and aims to test the operational, personal and cost effectiveness of telehealth to the elderly population in an urban setting. The SILVERLINC project was conceptualized around 2 years ago but it was last year when the project took off after it has developed its learning platform and software with its partners.

The project is now on its pilot phase and had been meeting its implementing partners. The initial project will run in six months to test if the project can be sustained and if we can create a new business model from it and of course if the community is open to accept this new way of delivering health monitoring & data management.

The Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates will be the provider of nurses who shall participate in the project. Young nurses will have the opportunity to expand their nursing roles and might find telegeriatric nursing their niche. AYNLA will seek to send around 30 nurses for this project.

The project will benefit both the community and the health providers. The elderly community will have improved access to healthcare and have better and updated health statuses therefore leading to a quality of life.
For nurses this initiative can help them expand their knowledge base on geriatric care and might open an opportunity for entrepreneurial ventures. The project might give them entrepreneurial & geriatric nursing skills training for free while in the project.

For community health workers, this would entail lesser workload for them at the same time acquire new knowledge and skills.

The project breaks into three (3) implementation strategy:

·  “Face to face” visits – telegeriatric nurses will have to personally visit their clients in their households to conduct health interviews, monitoring, updating and educating. The nurse would have to bring a mobile device, either an iPhone or an Android phone where the software can be used to input data from the client. This data goes into a data management system which then can connect to geriatricians during referrals. During the personal visits, the nurse can also do some nursing interventions to the client.
·  Teleconsultation – is an online consultation that can be done by the visiting nurse to the referred clinician or geriatrician.
·   Telegeriatric Training – all participating nurses would have to undergo a specialized training including a simulation of the software to use for the project.
The project contains a “12 Health Service Packages” of which a nurse can do during his/her duration in the program:

·         Home Safety Monitoring
·         Hypertension
·         Diabetes Care
·         Dermatology & Wound Care
·         Tuberculosis
·         Rehabilitation & Mobility Assistance
·         Hospice & Pain Management
·         Depression among the Elderly
·         COPD
·         Elderly with Dementia
·         Elderly discharged from hospital facility
·         Elderly living alone

These health packages can be made into a business model, which one of the project partners, the Asian Institute of Management, is looking into. AIM sees the possibility that this project can be self sustaining when the business model has made. Nurses venturing into this practice can now set a standard rate for every nursing intervention made.

Challenges Encountered
While this project is innovative in its nature and is indeed promising, the project has encountered stumbling blocks as well. One of the major blocks it is currently facing is the reception of the Local Government Units (LGUs) toward this innovation. The city government of Makati, where the project is supposed to pilot is taking a long time digesting the benefits of the project, knowing for a fact that the city is known for their comprehensive and wide support to their elderly.

Due to its very technical nature, many of the local leaders would find it a bit off their league when talking about the project and therefore would often receive either a raised or meeting eyebrows. Well, it’s not just the reception to the local chief executives that affect how the project run, but also how the nurses perceive this project would be beneficial to them. Many nurses would still opt to work in the hospital, close to the traditional clinical nursing practice.

Only a few, younger, nurses would understand and grasp what the project is envisioning but then we encounter another stumbling block, this time, logistically-related. Our nurses, do not have an iPhone or Android phones for them to download the software and perform their tasks. They are willing to participate as long the Android phones would be given for free. The project handlers plan to partner or solicit support so that each participating nurse would be given an Android phone each. This is one of the major blocks to project needs to hurdle. However, we are encouraged that the project will find its resources prior to the service.

Another concern is how to make the project sustainable? The project stakeholders are then trying to come up with a project funder or partner to help build the system. Once we are done with our pilot six months implementation, we will be able to gather important data from the ground and work for a better implementation.

Opportunities Ahead
Despite the stumbling blocks the project needs to hurdle. I am optimistic that this project will be successful and that this can be made sustainable for advance practice nursing and at the same time can be used as a business model for those who would want to practice independently.

For those nurse who are interested to join the project, with or without an Android phone but is within the metro, you may send an e-mail to for more details on how to participate.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Ten Condom Commandments

Alright, now this is interesting. How many of you knows the Ten Condom Commandments? I bet only some knows this. But hey, knowing it now is much better than knowing it after you have been impregnated or contracted an infection.

Condom protects you 95-97% of the time. The 3-5% margin of error is usually attributed to wrong condom use and storage. There are many guys I know that do not know how to properly insert a condom. 

Some still believes that wearing 2 condoms during sexual intercourse is the best way to avoid HIV infection or in impregnating a woman. 

Others said they don't want to wear condoms during sexual intercourse because they "don't feel anything". Well there are now different condom variations men can choose from: ultra thin, dotted and more to suit each man's need. So condom sensation is more of a state of mind.

Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction conducted a review of global literature on condom errors and problems from 1995 to 2011. IRIN/PlusNews has put together a list of suggestions based on some of the common errors reported.

So what are the 10 Condom Commandments we all should know and practice:

1. Use it from beginning to end...

2. Do not completely unroll the condom before putting it on...

3. Leave a space at the tip of the condom...

4. Squeeze air from the tip before use...

5. Put the condom on right way up...

6. Be careful not to damage the condom...

7. Use the right lubricant...

8. Withdraw correctly...

9. Store safely and check expiration dates...

10. Do not re-use...

There you have it. The 10 Condom Commandments. Please learn them by heart. Having to know the Condom Commandments and even using condoms the proper way doesn't make an individual promiscuous rather he becomes more responsible for himself and his partner. Using condoms consistently and correctly is one of the best ways to avoid sexually transmissible infections like HIV and from an untimely and unplanned pregnancy.


Monday, March 05, 2012

2011 Schedules


Jan 01
Launching of AYNLA Nurses' Black Out Campaign
Online Launch

Jan 11 
Senate Hearing on Nursing Volunteerism
Senate Committee on Health & Demography
Resource Speaker

Apr 16 
Reproductive Health Bill I Support Online Group 1st Eyeball
Carlos Celdran's The Living Room, Malate, Manila

Apr 18 
1st Filing of Tax to BIR of AYNLA

Apr 19 
Purple Sticker Launching with Carlos Celdran
Mercury Drug Quiapo, Manila

Apr 27
Symposium Speakers' Social Night of the 
1st National Wound Care Symposium
DOME Cafe Nac Centre, Legaspi Village, Makati

Apr 30 - May 01
1st Philippine National Symposium on Wound Care
Hotel Rembrandt. Quezon City
Panel Speaker

Apr 30
1st Medical Mission of Kabataan Partylist with AYNLA
Quezon City

May 11
Day of the Purple Ribbon Campaign
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Invited Guest

May 12
2011 International Day of the Nurse
AYNLA Nationwide Celebration

"The Evolving Filipino family: Emerging Trends and Relevant issues to Filipino Families" 
Policy Forum
Policy Development and Planning Bureau
Department of Social Welfare and Development
DSWD Central Office Auditorium

May 15
International Day of Families

2nd Medical Mission of Kabataan Partylist
Quezon City

May 27
2011 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
CityState Tower Hotel, Metro Manila
AYNLA Nationwide Celebration, Manila

May 28
"RH from the eyes of the YOUth" Forum
Conspiracy Bar, Quezon City
Guest Speaker

International Day of Action for Women’s Health
Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights!
Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights 

May 29
LGBT FlorEZ De Mayo
Metropolitan Community Church, Quezon City

May 31
Kabataan Partylist Operation Tuli

Jun 01
26th Natal Day!

National LGBT Conference, Quezon City

Jun 06 - 08
1st National Conference of Reproductive Health Practitioners of the Philippines
Quezon City
National Secretariat

June 11
Manila Open Court RH Concert
District 6, Manila City

June 28
AYNLA Abra General Assembly & Purple Ribbon Launch
Bangued, Abra

July 01
UP para sa RH: March for RH
UP Academic Oval, UP Diliman, Quezon City

July 08
Radio Interview on the RH Bill
DZRM Radyo Magasin

Final Panel Interview
Asia 21 Philippine Young Leaders Initiative
AIM Center, Makati

YLKD Kapihan Session with Atty. Alex Lacson
Young Leaders for Knowledge & Development
World Bank KDC Ortigas

July 09
AYNLA Nueva Vizcaya General Assembly & Purple Ribbon Launch
Advocates College

July 13
Critiquing of Amendments to RA8504 Philippine AIDS Law
Quezon City

July 14
Initial meeting for Rachell Allen Quiz Competition
Rachell Allen Ortigas Office

July 16
Radio Guesting at DWSS "Babae Migrante, May Karapatan" on Saudization

Aug 04 
Forging partnerships with Rachell Allen Reviewers USA as consultant to their NLE Program

Aug 11
Students' Forum on RH with AYNLA and DSWP
Cebu Normal University, Cebu City

Aug 14
AYNLA Nurses' RH Forum & President's Visit to Iloilo Chapter 
La Fiesta Hotel, Iloilo City

Aug 17
Seminar on UK's Overseas Nursing Program
AYNLA Quezon City Chapter (tentative) 

Aug 19
Pilot airing of "Nars at Bayan" internet radio program

Aug 22
Forging partnerships with Institute for Politics and Governance 
TB & MNCHN Community Health Program in Quezon City

Nov 18-20
Asia Society Young Leaders Summit
New Delhi, India

Dec 8, 12
Bulacan State University Talk on HIV
Malolos Capitol Gymnasium

Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Partners Dinner with DOH, USAID & Probe Media Foundation
Manila Grand Opera Hotel

2010 Schedules


Dec 01
Congressional Hearing on RH Bill
House Committee on Population & Family Relations
Resource Speaker

HIV Forum, Philippine National AIDS Council
World AIDS Day

Dec 05
1st AYNLA Baguio-Benguet Meeting
SM Baguio

Dec 09 - 10
Awareness Building Seminar-Workshop on CEDAW, ICPD and MDGs
Project CHAMPS, Baguio City

Dec 12
Advance Training of Trainers & Partnership Meeting

1st AYNLA-SAS Triple S Workshop on RH
PNA Auditorium

Dec 15 
Congressional Hearing on RH Bill
House Committee on Population & Family Relations
Resource Speaker