Reproductive Health

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

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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.

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

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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.

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

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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…

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PH among the toughest places in the world for moms

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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.

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RH Law heralds liberal change in PHL

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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.

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Fertility rate down but more mothers dying

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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).

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RH law ruling, the writing on the wall

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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…

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Next in RH battle: Full implementation by DOH, LGUs

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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.

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Save the Children: End newborn deaths now

Published by reposted only Date posted on 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

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PHL has a fast-growing aging population, now at 7.5 million

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THE Philippines is now classified under World Health Organization (WHO) standards as an aging population, with 7.5 million elderly citizens now and an estimated 14 million elderly by 2040.

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‘Ruling vs RH provisions a dangerous precedent’

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 14, 2014

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has set a dangerous precedent in striking down key provisions of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, according to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

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SC ruling a victory for women

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 10, 2014

In my recollection, no law in the present times has stirred up so much controversy and thrown the clergy and lay into a frenzy of moral didactics, the most destructive of which was calling proponents as caught in the devil’s snare, than the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. For 14 years, family…

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No more stopping RH Law implementation

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – With its legality upheld by the Supreme Court (SC), Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act can now be implemented.

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds historic reproductive health law

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 8, 2014

Millions of Filipinos will finally have universal, free access to contraception and expanded reproductive health education NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–April 8, 2014. After more than a year deliberating the constitutionality of the country’s historic Reproductive Health Law passed in 2012, the Philippine Supreme Court has upheld the law.

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SC verdict on RH law: Both sides optimistic

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Long-time reproductive health (RH) advocate Chi Vallido’s daughter was still a young girl when Chi started lobbying for a law mandating universal access to contraceptives and RH services.

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Responsible parenthood key to inclusive growth – ECOP, MBC, MAP, PCCI

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 26, 2014

Philippine-based businesses have reiterated support for Reproductive Health (RH) Law, urging the government to implement the measure at the soonest possible time, because responsible parenthood is a pillar of that elusive, inclusive growth the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has been aiming for since its took over the helm of government.

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Business groups back RH Law implementation

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Four large business organizations on Tuesday reaffirmed their support for the immediate implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health Law, saying that the statute has already passed both Houses of Congress and deemed Constitutional.

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Number of teenage pregnancies doubled in Philippines in last decade: study

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 24, 2014

A study in the Philippines has found the number of teenage girls who have become pregnant across the nation has more than doubled in ten years. Young people in the Philippines have limited access to sex education and sexual health services, especially if they are underage and unmarried. (Credit: AFP)

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Muddling the issues

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 21, 2014

During these times when the issue on the validity of the RH law is already submitted for resolution in the Supreme Court (SC), using media in hurrying up and pressuring the SC Justices to rule in favor of its validity is a direct assault on their independence, integrity and even competency. It is an arrogant…

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RH to help stop rise in abortion cases – DOH

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 7, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Alarmed over the increasing number of hospital admissions due to abortion, Health Secretary Enrique Ona yesterday pressed again for the immediate implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

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$16.2 M required for RH needs of women in typhoon-hit areas

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Around $16.2 million is required to address the reproductive health needs of some 3.5 million women in areas battered by Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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DOH exec: If RH Law is junked, implementation still on

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 18, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – A Department of Health (DOH) official admitted that the contents of the controversial Reproductive Health Law can still be implemented by the agency even without the measure.

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Reproductive health education crucial for youth post-disaster

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 17, 2014

PROTECTION. The youth of Tanauan, Leyte find refuge in an open space where they can learn about reproductive health. Photo by Save the ChildrenPROTECTION. The youth of Tanauan, Leyte find refuge in an open space where they can learn about reproductive health. Photo by Save the Children

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Ignoring equality, rights and women’s health risks derailing development – UN officials

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 12, 2014

12 February 2014 – While nearly 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty in the past 20 years and child and maternal mortality have been cut by almost one half, much more work remains to be done to address inequalities and ensure the rights and dignity of all, especially women and children, top United Nations…

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Young, Internet-driven Pinoys more sexually active

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 7, 2014

MANILA — Young Filipinos are becoming more sexually adventurous as the traditionally powerful Roman Catholic Church loses its influence to the Internet and smart phones, according to a study released on Thursday.

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Kids having kids: Number of Pinay teen mothers doubled in last decade

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 6, 2014

Is teen pregnancy trending in the Philippines? According to the recently released 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS4), the number of young mothers in the country has more than doubled over the past decade.

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DOLE to employers: ‘Lactation stations’ good for breastfeeding moms’ morale

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 5, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – There’s nothing wrong with breastfeeding in the workplace. In fact, it boosts morale, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

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DOLE wants breastfeeding stations in more workplaces

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 4, 2014

As part of its efforts to support the “modern Filipino working woman,” the Department of Labor and Employment on Tuesday pushed for breastfeeding stations in more workplaces.

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Right to life

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 31, 2014

If the many countries that upholds the sacredness of human life and protects the right to life. In fact according to Pope Francis, “the right to life is the first among human rights.” Actually, in this jurisdiction, the right to life is not merely a moral but a legal principle well enshrined in our Constitution…

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News Analysis: Developing Asia still grapples with high maternal mortality rate

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Ensuring women’s access to family planning education and services will slash high maternal mortality incidence and sustain the gains achieved in promoting maternal health in developing Asia, health experts said.

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