Transition

FOR the last two weeks, I was caught between the transition of the New Year and in putting in place some things with my daughter who was on her 38th week of pregnancy.  I was also running through a deadline, one for a report and another, for an upcoming project evaluation workshop.   Like most instances …

Of Concealment and Denial

DESPITE the effort to rectify misconceptions and myths, the stigma and discrimination on those infected with HIV and Aids in the community continue to persist which further create a barrier to prevent infection and provide adequate care, treatment, and support. Among those infected, there is difficulty to come out within their immediate family due to …

Integrating RH Rights and HIV protection

UNPROTECTED sex heightens the risk of unwanted pregnancy or acquiring sexually transmitted diseases.   The recent UP Population Institute survey on sexual practices of young people shows about 5.4 million engage in premarital sex without protection. Out of 1.4 million involved in casual sex, more than half a million young men have sex with men.   The …

Imperatives

EVERY day, as many as 32 people are diagnosed with HIV-AIDS and yet, not enough is being done to address the epidemic. Worse, a majority of these new infection affects those 25 to 39 years old, considered to be the most productive years. The Department of Health (DOH) said the Philippines had one of the …

Project Inclusion

GIVEN the right condition and proper support, persons with disability can contribute to the workplace and in the community. This is shown in the initiative of the private sector in coordination with local government units where support is provided through the access-to-work model which prepares job seekers and employers. In this scheme, education and advocacy …

Taking the High Road

IN what came in as a surprise, the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released on Wednesday this week, showed that 51 percent of the 1,500 adult respondents agreed that drug tests be made mandatory for Grade 4 students and older pupils. Grade 4 students are usually 10 years old.  “Much too young,” if the Philippine …