Monday, November 13, 2017

FDA Recertified all 51 Contraceptives as Non-Abortifacient

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of the re-evaluation of contraceptive products and re-certified all of them to be non-abortifacients.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Become a certified GAD expert. Join the 6th PCW NGRP!

The Philippine Commission on Women is happy to announce the opening of applications for the 6th Batch of the GAD Resource Pool.

[Press Release] Medicard: Vaccination myths and facts

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You may have completed your vaccinations when you were a child, but do you know that vaccines are not only for kids but for adults, too? Vaccines are among the most cost-effective health interventions available. They help ensure optimum health.

Enhancing Gender Lens in Health Systems

The United Nations in 2012 together with all its member-states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Included in these goals is the stand-alone goal on gender equality (SDG 5), recognizing that gender equality and equity is an important foundation for a healthy and a more sustainable world.

And with the enactment of the comprehensive women's human rights law - the Magna Carta of Women in 2008 - the Philippine government committed to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women by establishing the Gender and Development initiatives and programs in every government agency.

Monday, August 28, 2017

[Press release] Medicard: Tips on how men can achieve optimal health

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Men differ from women in many ways, including lifestyles, response to certain diseases, and health needs.  Men are more at risk of developing of certain diseases such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. They are also more likely to engage in activities that make them prone to injuries and yet, some men are also known for refusing to see a doctor when they get sick or injured.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What world leaders are saying on the 2017 International Youth Day?

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. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Bunny vs the Bee: Gender Identity and discrimination in the workplace

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

Major throwback! Raegen Geki comics & artwork

PCOO Interim Social Media Practitioner Accreditation

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

Throwback photo on Family Planning Advocacy featured at FP Voices of Johns Hopkins University and FP2020

Originally published and featured at the Family Planning Voices of Johns Hopkins University and FP2020:

[H&L Magazine] A Makeover for HIV Law

#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

The ASEAN Youth Statement 2017


ASEAN Youth Statement 
Philippine International Convention Center
Republic of the Philippines
29 April 2017

Photo Source: National Youth Commission

Friday, April 28, 2017

Filipino netizens support #LiftTRO petition on contraceptives to battle polycystic ovarian syndrome

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

Life Expectancy and HIV

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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

Mumbaki: of tradition and science

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

After 19 years, will the HIV Law receive its rightful make-over?

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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.