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    • Finally, the 2017 budget includes health reforms

      Senator Risa Hontiveros, who is Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, welcomed the P3 billion infused in the 2017 budget of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) covering all Filipinos. She called this the “great catalyst” to achieve universal health care in the Philippines. The senator also commended the government for accepting a special…

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    • Victims of online sexual violence soon to find protection

      Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday held a legislative hearing on three bills she dubbed as “Tres Marias” which aim to boost existing laws that protect women particularly from sexual harassment, both online and offline. Hontiveros, who is Chair of the Senate Committee on Women, said the three bills are on top of her priority…

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    • DepEd, DOH to address teen pregnancies in schools

      To avert the increasing cases of teenage pregnancies as well as to address the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, the Department of Education, with the Department of Health assisting, is set to distribute condoms in public schools starting January 2017. This was affirmed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones when she graced the 29th Regional Schools…

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    • HIV-AIDS: A growing youth epidemic nationwide

      Persons living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are getting younger and younger in the country, including those in Baguio City. The youngest case of HIV in Baguio City was documented as a mother-to-child transmission of a newly born baby last year. Based on the HIV registry of the City Health Services Office, only two cases…

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    • Genderless comfort room

      Last Sunday, due to the call of nature, I went in one of the malls in the City of Pines to urinate in their comfort room for free. I noticed two persons who entered in the female comfort room. After passing the female comfort room I also entered in the male comfort room. After urinating,…

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    • Advocates cry to SC to let women have their contraceptives

      Depriving women access to contraceptives would further raise unwanted pregnancy rates, now at 40 percent of all pregnancies that would also lead to intergenerational poverty as more poor parents will continue to be unable to provide for many children. Just as seriously, teenage pregnancy, with the Cordillera region registering the highest number, would also go…

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    • Lift the TRO now

      The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354) gave hope to Filipino women to have safe and planned pregnancies. Childbirth complications that have killed tens of thousands of mothers would be prevented, and women’s lives, saved. Planned pregnancies would enable couples to achieve their desired number of children, and young people to escape the…

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    • Pregnant women in Baguio City Jail

      I was wondering then: what if a pregnant woman was caught by a police officer or a concerned citizen because she committed a crime punishable under the Revised Penal Code or under special laws and she was put in jail? Will the pregnant woman still access health services outside by service providers? And what would…

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    • Gender free rape

      Last week in a jeep, I heard a little boy asking her mother if a man can be raped. The question of the boy gave me an idea to research about this and also to enlighten him. First, in my research, it seems that if we are talking about rape in the Philippines, we always…

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    • HIV screening gets 30 positive from almost 1,000 clients

      The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transexual-Intersex (LGBTI) community in Baguio advocating for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reported 335 clients who underwent for the rapid screening tests performed from September 17 to October 16. The project is headed by Bootz Yabut of the Rainbow Barracks. “From the time we started our community-based HIV screening (CBS) in Baguio…

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