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Philippine SC affirms legality of birth control law

July 4, 2014

MANILA: The Philippine Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the legality of the controversial reproductive health or birth control law as it rejected with finality the petitions of pro-life advocates to reconsider its decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH far from hitting dev’t target, but RH law may help, say execs

May 27, 2014

As of 2011, the Philippines has registered 221 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, Rose Marcelino, Popcom deputy executive director, told a news briefing here in Baguio City. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breastfeeding doesn’t just happen–you’ve got to prepare for it

May 21, 2014

During one’s pregnancy, there are many things to think about and plan for.

At the start, with nine months to prepare, the list of “things to do” is usually set aside with the idea that “it’s too early.” But you may find yourself rushing everything in the last two minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH slips in State of the World’s Mothers Index; post-Yolanda woes worsen fate of moms, infants

May 6, 2014

MANILA – The Philippines slipped one rung from last year’s ranking in the annual State of the World’s Mothers Index, international aid agency Save the Children reported Tuesday, as it expressed worry that with only half of the facilities restored six months after typhoon Yolanda, the state of mothers and children in devastated areas could worsen. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH among the toughest places in the world for moms

May 6, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s ranking in a global index measuring the well-being of mother and newborns has slipped four places to 105 out of 178 countries, one spot below Iraq which is facing significant violence and conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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RH Law heralds liberal change in PHL

May 4, 2014

The Philippines has long been known as the Catholic Church’s Asian stronghold, but a new birth control law highlights an increasingly liberal shift that could next see divorce legalized, activists and religious leaders say. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fertility rate down but more mothers dying

May 2, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The good news on total fertility rate (TFR) in the Philippines is that it has been cut by more than half in a span of five decades.

The bad news is that it remains the highest among the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Read the rest of this entry »

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RH law ruling, the writing on the wall

April 22, 2014

(Second of two parts)

As I explained in my column on Monday, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Reproductive Law, rather than a victory for President Aquino, is not only a calamitous defeat for this administration. Perhaps more seriously, it also portends the High Court’s rejection of his two other policy monsters—the Disbursement Acceleration Program and the pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Read the rest of this entry »

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Next in RH battle: Full implementation by DOH, LGUs

April 18, 2014

Advocates say the decade-long wait allowed for the mobilization of the public – the ‘strongest method’ to ensure implementation

MANILA, Philippines – It’s all systems go for the Reproductive Health (RH) law, and advocates now look to the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs) to ensure its proper implementation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Save the Children: End newborn deaths now

April 15, 2014

In a bid to save millions of newborn lives, Save the Children is calling on world leaders, civil society, and the private sector to commit to five promises Read the rest of this entry »