August 12th is the International Youth Day and this year's theme is "Youth Building Peace". With the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, young men and women were further recognized as critical actors in resolving local, national, and international conflicts, preventing extremism, and are major drivers of achieving lasting peace worldwide. This year also commemorates young people's contributions to conflict prevention & management, sustainable peace, and as well as on social inclusion and justice.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Can a bunny and a bee live in harmony?
Well, in the case of Bunny Cadag, the bee stung a bit harsher. Bunny wasn't jolly and cried foul, thus a formal complaint was filed against one of the fast food giant's employee.
But what was the fuss about? Bunny claimed to have experienced a form of discrimination on the basis of gender identity at the workplace.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Presidential Communications Operations Office released a department order on Interim Social Media Practitioner Accreditation
Social Media accreditation shall be issued to Filipino Citizen at least eighteen (18) years of age with at least five thousand (5,000) followers in any social media platforms.
Monday, August 07, 2017
#HIV #PublicHealth #PublicPolicy My H&L Magazine article is out. After an enthusiastic start since its enactment into law almost two decades ago, Republic Act No. 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, seems to need another jump starting, or perhaps a makeover.
Read the entire article here
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
The Purple Ribbon for RH Movement launched an online petition last November 2016 addressed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines appealing for the high court to lift the current Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) regarding reproductive products (including contraceptive pills, implants specifically Implanon and ImplanonNXT).
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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The number of people living with HIV (PLHIVs) globally has been growing as well as people that are newly infected. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in 2015 estimated a total of 36.7 million people living with HIV (31.8 million adults, 16.0 million women, and 3.2 million children). While there are around 2.1 million people that are newly infected (1.9 million adults and 240,000 children) in the same year, AIDS-related deaths were estimated to be around 1.1 million in total (1.0 million adults and 190,000 children).
Sunday, March 12, 2017
“Doktor ka lang, hindi ka Mumbaki…Mumbaki ay manggagamot ng kaluluwa” such a powerful line from Apo Dangunay (Gruta) to Dr. Felix Lorenzo (Torre) on the Apo’s brink of death still holding firmly to his ancestral beliefs while receiving palliative care from the municipal physician. The film Mumbaki showed a perfect example of how modern medicine and traditional beliefs polarize and unite depending on how societies cope and adapt.
Monday, March 06, 2017
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The Philippines bragged of being one of those few countries that first legislated a law for the prevention of HIV and AIDS nationally but after nineteen (19) years, now an adolescent, this law is outdated and badly needs a total make-over.
After 19 years from the time the Republic Act No. 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 has been enacted, the Philippines declared HIV a concentrated epidemic among men who are having sex with men and young people. And in 2008, ten years after, the country throttled into a “fast and furious” rate making the country one of the topnotchers on new HIV cases recorded in Asia recently. In December 2016, the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) reported seven hundred fifty (750) new cases of HIV infection with ninety-six per cent (96%) of the cases are involving men who are having sex with other men (MSM), and with more than half belonging to the 25-34 age group and twenty-nine per cent (29%) belonging to young people ages 15-24.