Filipino Youth Worse Off Than Peers in Asia, Africa

By Cheryl M. Arcibal ( | 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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SARADO KATOLIKO? Filipino Catholics Most Loyal to Church Teachings Except on Contraception – Survey

By: Tricia Aquino,
February 10, 2014 9:36 AM
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA – Filipino Catholics support Church teachings on abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, and priesthood, but are opposed to its anti-contraception stance, a global survey revealed Sunday.

The survey of 12,036 respondents in 12 countries showed that among the Catholic teachings on these subjects, the faithful were most likely to veer farthest from the long-held beliefs on contraception.
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In Manila, Women Demand Long-Term Birth Control

POSTED ON 01/24/2014 3:44 PM | UPDATED 01/24/2014 5:18 PM

WOMEN’S CHOICE. Long-term contraceptives like implants are popular among women in the city of Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – List down all the birth control methods Filipino women really want, and implants are definitely a popular choice – at least in the city of Manila – indicating they want birth control for the long term.
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Court Junks Petition to Stop Sexual Health Forum

POSTED ON 01/23/2014 5:36 PM | UPDATED 01/23/2014 6:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) will complete its 4-day run after all.

In a decision on Thursday, January 23, Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 110 denied the petition of the Pro-Life Philippines Foundation to issue a temporary restraining order on the ongoing conference.
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Philippines Lags Behind SEA Neighbors in Hunger in 2013

The Catholic Basketcase country the Philippines again was shown to be lagging behind most of its more progressive neighbors in South East Asia. The Philippines was found to be in 6th place out of 9 countries measured in the “2013 Global Hunger Index” released by the organization, “International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)”, lagging behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, bettering only Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste. Data for Myanmar was unavailable for this year, though.

Here is the Global Hunger Index (GHI) per South East Asian country:
1) Singapore = 0
2) Malaysia = 5.5
3) Thailand = 5.8
4) Vietnam = 7.7
5) Indonesia = 10.1
6) Philippines = 13.2
7) Cambodia = 16.8
8) Laos = 18.7
9) Timor Leste = 29.6
Myanmar = No data

For more information about the topic, please proceed to the official IFPRI website:

SOURCE: 2013_GHI_Data


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