UN: Anti-RH Policies of Ex-Manila Mayors Atienza and Lim Drove Constituents Deeper Into Poverty

By: Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com
May 4, 2015 8:04 PM

MANILA – A United Nations committee says that two executive orders of former Manila mayors Jose Atienza, Jr., and Alfredo Lim got in the way of women’s access to reproductive health services and contraceptives, consequently driving many constituents further into poverty as they were unable to manage the number of their children and suffered the consequences of unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths.

This was contained in a report issued last month by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
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Malnutrition Still Prevalent Among Poor Pinoy Kids – Survey

July 24, 2014 8:04pm

Malnutrition among Filipino children aged 0 to 5 years remains prevalent, particularly those who belong among the poorest sector, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said in a survey.

FNRI, in its 8th National Nutrition Survey released Thursday, noted that while there was a slight decrease in the number of underweight children and those affected by stunting (low height-for-age) for 2013, numbers for other forms like wasting (low weight-for-height) and overweight went up.
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Don’t Be Imposing, Pope Francis Tells Priests

Pope Francis says, ‘We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths”

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Published 12:08 AM, Jul 28, 2013
Updated 1:31 PM, Apr 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Tired of priests who impose “our truths” on the public? Well, Pope Francis also is.
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Move On, Bishops Urge Critics of RH Law

CBCP president Socrates Villegas says, ‘We cannot see eye-to-eye with our pro-RH brethren on this divisive issue, but we can work hand in hand for the good of the country’

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Published 5:57 PM, Apr 08, 2014
Updated 7:18 AM, Apr 09, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged critics of the reproductive health (RH) law on Tuesday, April 8, to “move on” after the Supreme Court (SC) upheld this “unjust” measure.
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Filipino Youth Worse Off Than Peers in Asia, Africa

By Cheryl M. Arcibal (philstar.com) | Updated April 4, 2014 – 4:02pm

MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino youth are worse off than their counterparts in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Morocco, and Ghana, – countries, like the Philippines, that are also classified as “lower-middle income” – a study said.

According to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, released by the US-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, the global youth organization International Youth Fellowship, with the Hilton Worldwide, the Philippines placed 22nd among 30 countries included in the rankings.
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Business Groups Press for RH Law

By Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 26, – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s top business groups are pushing for the immediate implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, saying it is necessary for the country to achieve inclusive economic growth.

“We maintain our position that this health measure, which underwent more than 14 years of thorough deliberation and was definitively passed by both chambers of Congress, reflects the true will of the people and is an illustration that democracy prevails in our nation,” read a joint statement prepared by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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QC Moms Call on Gov’t to Provide RH Care

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POSTED ON 03/18/2014 8:04 PM | UPDATED 03/19/2014 11:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court is set to decide on the controversial Reproductive Health law next month.
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