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 …

Making technology work for Peace

I am not a techie, as I consider myself a perpetual learner in utilizing technology and its different platforms in development research and communication. Technology is a force multiplier where anyone can easily access information to assist them in making decisions and access relevant information and resources from other stakeholders. It can foster greater understanding …