Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

In Philippines, a 14-year fight for birth control

By Sunshine Lichauco de Leon, for CNN
September 4, 2012 — Updated 0605 GMT (1405 HKT)

Cecilia Lopez. 52, who has given birth to 12 children, says she wishes things had turned out differently.

* Reproductive Health bill would make birth control free for poor in Philippines
* Catholic Church has opposed bill, which has been proposed for last 14 years
* Many lack proper health education and birth control access

Manila, Philippines (CNN) — Growing up, Cecilia Lopez hoped to escape poverty by finishing school and becoming a teacher. But now 52 years old and having never finished school, she wishes she had learned a few things.

“If I knew back then about the choices in family planning, I would’ve been able to control having children,” said Lopez, who has 12 children. “If it were up to me, I wouldn’t want to have so many. But I didn’t use family planning, so basically they just kept coming and coming.”

She eventually heard about the birth control pill from neighbors, but did not know how it worked. Moreover, she said she could not afford it.

“Instead of spending money on those, I use it to buy food,” Lopez said.

Her story is a familiar one in a country where 81% of Filipinos are devout Roman Catholic and 30% live below the poverty line, according to the Philippine National Statistics Office.
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Poverty One of the Biggest Obstacles in PHL’s Fight vs. Human Trafficking

ANDREI MEDINA, GMA NEWS July 20, 2012 5:30pm

One of the biggest obstacles in the Philippines’ fight against human trafficking or “modern day slavery” is poverty, experts said on Friday.

At the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Forum on Human Trafficking in Malate, Manila, David Batstone, co-founder and president of the non-government organization Not For Sale, told GMA News Online about the need to provide more economic alternatives for Filipinos.

He said poverty sometimes forces people to make wrong choices.

“Ways that help people who are in desperate positions where they economically make choices that they might not otherwise make,” he said.

“What we’re trying to do in this event is come up with new innovative ways of investing in communities where there’s great poverty, where there’s vulnerability where there’s already trafficking already taking place,” he added.

Batstone also stressed the need to help not only victims of trafficking but also potential victims and their communities.

“That’s where we really get to address the problem, otherwise we’re addressing symptoms. And you have to address symptoms but you’ll have to get to the root cause,” he said.
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Children of God

CITIZEN Y By Yoly Villanueva-Ong (The Philippine Star) Updated July 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The World Population Day slinked by last July 11, with the poignant theme of “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.” We were so engrossed with politics, enrapt with the developing 2013 senatorial lineup. There was very little thought given to such an eminent subject.

Only Senator Pia Cayetano took up the cudgels for the contentious RH Bill. She cited the 2011 Family Health Survey that showed maternal deaths in the Philippines increased from 162 to 221 per 100,000 live births (+34.4%) from 2006-11. Cayetano posited that the RH bill could have prevented more maternal deaths by improving access to health services like natural and artificial family planning methods to allow mothers to plan and space their pregnancies; prenatal care to ensure the mother’s health and nutrition, and detect any complication early; modern birthing facilities manned by health professionals for safe deliveries; and postpartum services to monitor and address complications after delivery.

She noted the disparity in the use of modern contraceptives between women with little or no education belonging to poor households versus their educated and better-off counterparts. “There clearly is an urgent need for an RH Law but its hardline critics refuse to see the reality. They refuse to lift a finger to help alleviate the condition of Filipino mothers despite the alarming rise in maternal deaths. It’s high time we end this vicious cycle where mothers are callously denied access to the reproductive health services, which is their right and need. It’s high time to pass the RH bill.”

No sooner had the good Senator spoken than the horrific story of 28-year-old Janice Calipe broke out. Abandoned by her husband, Janice slashed her belly with a kitchen knife, cut the baby out from her womb and stitched herself up with regular needle and thread. The aborted fetus weighed around two kilos, equivalent to full-term, or nine months. She and her aunt then paid two scavengers to bury the baby. The remains of the infant girl were found buried in the vacant lot of an MMDA pumping station in Sta. Mesa.
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Poverty Trap

Details Published on Monday, 07 May 2012 02:00

‘After 27 years, there has been little progress in the fight against poverty!’

THE Social Weather Stations survey results on self-rated poverty came at the worst possible time. Euphoric as a result of the successful hosting of the Asian Development Bank’s 45th annual meeting in Manila, the Aquino III administration, survey results remind the administration of the difficult tasks ahead.

The incidence of self-rated poverty has soared to a new height to date for the Aquino III administration: 55 percent of respondents, equivalent to some 1.1 million families, claimed to be poor, 10 points higher than December’s 45 percent or 9.1 million families.

Some 2 million families were added to the army of poor families within 3 months. The historic high for self-rated poverty, of course, was 74 percent, which was registered in July 1985 (after two consecutive years of 7.3 percent decline in GDP during the waning years of the Marcos regime). After 27 years, there has been little progress in the fight against poverty!
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(Video) Above and Below

by Stefan Werc PLUS 5 months 2 days ago

Navotas Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines.

Manila is one of the most overpopulated places on Earth.
There are over 2000 families living above the dead in the Navotas Cemetery. Babies are born and the dead are buried in the same place.

Life goes on.

Shot and edited by Stefan Werc
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(Video) Toughest Place to be a Bus Driver

Uploaded by KeenPunterLOS on Mar 26, 2011

Documentary about a London Bus Driver who goes to Manila in the Philippines to experience what it is like to live and work as a Jeepney driver in Manila

(Video) Philippines – City of Guilt (Part 2 0f 2)

Uploaded by Mitsukono11 on Feb 27, 2011

This episode, aired in 2006, reports on the issues of contraception and abortion in the Philippines, the latter being illegal. Looks at how the huge numbers of dangerous backstreet abortions and how women in poverty unable to cope with large families are desperate for contraceptive and abortion access. Against this also looks at the concerted efforts and campaigns by the Catholic Church against both these, and how they are also backed by US right-wing Christian groups. The latter are influencing President Bush into stopping foreign aid to clinics which give contraceptive advice.