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7 provisions under the RH Law that need immediate implementation, now that we’re 100-million strong

July 28, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The birth of the 100 millionth Filipino baby should compel the government to fully implement the reproductive health law, former Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Challenges, opportunities as PH pop’n reaches 100M

July 26, 2014

MANILA – The Philippines will be facing new challenges and opportunities as its population reaches 100 million on Sunday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said. Read the rest of this entry »

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100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

July 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday. Be happy if your baby is born around that time because you will earn P5,000. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »