Friday, November 07, 2014

KNN's e-Kapihan Series: Ano nga ba ang RH Law?

After a 14-year wait since the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) made the first step to push for reproductive health policies, the Reproductive Health bill was finally signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2012 and upheld constitutional by the Supreme Court in April 2014. Despite this progress, Filipinos have yet to witness the real impact of the law on their lives. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

One of the best DOH TV Ad I've seen

The Philippines' Health Department sets the stage for the widest nation-wide measles and polio vaccination campaign the entire month of September. 

The Department of Health's 2014 Anti-Measles Campaign is "MAGKAISA, MAGPABAKUNA" with the hashtag #ligtastigdas. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

[Vital Signs Column] Why Filipino nurses won't get the pay they deserve

Photo source: Carl Balita
Vital Signs Column
Nurse's Notes
September 2014 Issue

Filipino nurses are world-class professional health care provider, extremely hardworking, and the world's most caring professionals but at the same time one of the most overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated workers in the Philippines.

Recently the Department of Budget and Management responded to an inquiry from Ang Nars Partylist regarding the non-implementation of Republic Act 9173 otherwise known as "The Philippine Nursing Act of 2002" mandating the government to provide a base pay of nurses to at least Salary Grade 15 (approximately PhP 25,718, Step 4). The DBM through Assistant Director Edgardo Macaranas responded last May 26, 2014 and a response which is not shocking, but expected - the national government cannot implement the 2002 Nursing Law's provision on SG 15.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Classic #BestFriendZoned: "Pare, mahal mo raw ako, pero kaibigan lang tayo."

Screenshot from OMV of "Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako."
Have you heard this line before? Classic isn't it? Yet it hurts just as much.

Such as this song composed by Joven Tan for his entry to the 2014 Himig Handog Love Song songwriting competition, where one guy fell for his bestfriend. The song captured what was the most painful of all, being told by the person you love that they do not love you as much or worse they don't love you at all. What is more painful is when you fall for the person you are not supposed to fall for --- your bestfriend.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Security Guard films students having sex in school before for 8 minutes before scolding them

Screenshot from the security guard's video
A "sex video" is making its rounds in the timelines of Facebook and other social media sites but this time it does not involve any known celebrity but involves teenagers - high school students to be exact wearing their school uniforms.

The video appears to be shot discreetly, like a voyeur to the unsuspecting 16-year-old teens who were consensually pleasuring themselves - and guess what - at the school grounds of a high school in Ilocos Norte. And the one who took the video of the students was, the security guard of the said high school for about 8 minutes before he went scolding the two teenagers.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Disasters and inequality could stop the Philippines hitting child mortality MDG target - Save the Children

Photo source: Save the Children 
MANILA, Philippines – Today marks 500 days until the Millennium Development Goals reach their conclusion and the Philippines looks set to miss the target for reducing preventable child deaths.

The 2015 MDG 4 target for Philippines is 20 deaths per 1,000 live births. Whilst there has been some improvement from the 60 deaths per 1000 in 1990, there has been little progress in cutting down neonatal mortality (deaths in the first month of life), which makes up almost half of all under-5 deaths.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

BIR add safeguards against tobacco companies tactics, commended by advocates

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HealthJustice Philippines, a public health policy think tank, commends the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for installing added safeguards against tobacco company interference in the setting and implementation of public health policies.

The tax agency issued Revenue Memorandum Order 28-2014, which sets new guidelines in limiting interaction between its officials and tobacco manufacturers and defines certain offences as additional grounds for administrative disciplinary action. Public officials and employees who violate the memorandum may be subject to administrative, criminal, and civil liabilities.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Breaking the Code: Saving the Babies

Photo source: UNICEF
Since August is the Philippines' National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I'd like to share my previous article in The Philippine Star's Unblogged published June 2012 on my thoughts about the proposed amendments to Executive Order No. 51 s. 1986 or popularly known as the Milk Code of the Philippines.

This article won as one of the Ten Outstanding Health Stories of 2013 awarded by the Department of Health and the Probe Media Foundation Inc.

[Vital Signs Column] A Hope for Nanay

Nurse’s Notes
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN

In my return to writing for Vital Signs, after a long hiatus due to a lot of rollercoaster events, I’ll share about a story which I got so inspired – the story of Lapuyan.

Recently, I joined the formidable Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) – a 17-year-old foundation that aims to be the catalyst for the achievement of better health outcomes for the poor through sustainable programs and services in partnership with the government and other key stakeholders in the health sector. I have heard of this foundation and how well they implement their programs in the ground but not until today that I officially joined them do I know of how dedicated they are in fulfilling their vision and mission for health in the Philippines.