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Most Filipinos want candidates to prioritize family planning – survey

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:45 PM

A Pulse Asia poll shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe candidates should include family planning in their program of action while 9 out of 10 want the government to allocate funding for family planning services

Cebu debate: Education, health on agenda, but not discussed

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Presidential candidates were able to tackle a few issues during the debate but they weren t asked about two key matters supposedly on the agenda

PH fails to halve child malnutrition within 25 years

Feb 23, 2016 - 5:12 PM

The Philippines did not reach its target of reducing child malnutrition as part of the Millennium Development Goals

Meeting RH-related SDG targets: 'Work must start from Day 1'

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral talks about what the Philippines must do differently to achieve the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals related to reproductive health

SDGs AND RH LAW. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral talks to Rappler about what must be done to achieve Sustainable Development Goal targets related to reproductive health. Screenshot from Rappler

Social enterprise advocates push for PRESENT bill passage

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Social enterprises can be instrumental in transforming communities out from poverty through the provision of goods services and opportunities and which can enable these sectors to take part in economic activities

Recto: P1B in 2016 budget to fight HIV epidemic in PH

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:36 PM

Half of the budget will be used to buy anti retroviral drugs while the rest will go to test kits and reagents surveillance and local prevention programs

LIFE SAVERS. People living with HIV have to religiously take anti-retroviral medicine and live a healthy lifestyle. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: HIV epidemic in the Philippines

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:02 AM

There is a challenge for the Philippine government to ramp up its response to the HIV situation in the country in terms of funding and raising awareness But what can Filipinos do in their own capacity?

Gender equality: Is it achievable in 15 years?

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:51 AM

The United Nations proposes a specific list of targets for achieving gender equality

Child deaths halved since 1990, but UN goal missed

Sep 09, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Only 62 of 195 countries met targets they adopted 15 years ago says a study which measures the world s performance in one of the 8 so called Millennium Development Goals

Chris Brown's Fil-Canadian promoter denies Iglesia ni Cristo's charges

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:20 PM

John Michael Pio Roda the Filipino Canadian arrested for allegedly swindling an Iglesia Ni Cristo company says there is already an agreement to repay the amount lost from Chris Brown s cancelled 2014 concert

Climate change key focus in UN's new dev't goals

Aug 05, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Six of out of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals are geared towards mitigating the impacts of climate change aside from the stand alone goal No 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

THE FUTURE WE WANT. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs together with Philippines top economists NEDA Director-General Arsenio Balisacan and Solita Monsod answer questions from the audience during the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Launch. Photo by Christopher Schnabel /Rappler

PH women and development beyond 2015

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:27 AM

With Millennium Development Goals expiring by the end of 2015 how will the battle for gender equality continue?

UN-backed dev’t network launched in PH

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:01 PM

With 2015 as the millennium development goals deadline the UN sets a development agenda anew

Jeffrey Sachs: Philippines has much to teach world

Aug 03, 2015 - 8:22 PM

The country should be a world leader in sustainable development says the renowned US economist

Material World: What can Madonna's Super VIP ticket cover?

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The most expensive ticket for Madonna s concert is worth P57 750 beyond the reach of the average Filipino

Less deaths, but world still misses MDG on maternal health

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

In 2013 about 289 000 mothers died worldwide That s 800 women dying each day due to preventable causes

UN: 10 more years needed to reach MDG on child mortality

Jul 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

About 16 000 children under 5 die every day in 2015 due to preventable causes such as pneumonia diarrhea and malaria

Developing nations give up on global tax plan

Jul 17, 2015 - 12:54 AM

The dispute is at the center of the summit which has been tackling the question of how to plug an estimated 2 5 trillion gap in development financing

INEQUALITY VIEW. Reforms in the Philippines needed to increase investment, enhance competition, simplifying job creation, and protecting poverty rights. These steps will close the inequality gap by giving opportunities to the poor, according to analysts.

Final MDG report: Literacy up, but 57M kids still out of school

Jul 16, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Only Eastern Asia and Northern Africa have reached universal or nearly universal enrollment in primary education

CHILDREN IN CONFLICT SITUATIONS. Displaced Yemeni children who fled their areas affected by fighting and airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, live at a shelter inside a school turned temporary evacuation center in Sana’a, Yemen, 11 June 2015. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Poverty, hunger, still threaten MDG

Jul 07, 2015 - 3:05 PM

The attainment of the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000 is expected to pave the way for the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda

Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Social protection programs vital to fight vs hunger

Jun 03, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The 2015 State of Food Security in the World report reveals that social protection plays a big role in the developing world meeting its MDG hunger target

Women, are your reproductive rights protected?

May 28, 2015 - 11:14 AM

On the International Day of Action for Women s Health advocates urge the Philippine government to address the country’s grave and systematic violations of women’s reproductive rights

Barangay health stations rising from the Haiyan rubble

May 16, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Filipinos in rural areas prefer to get basic medical services in barangay health stations but these are very vulnerable to strong typhoons such as Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013

World Vision has handed over 21 health facilities across its response areas. Medical equipment such as pre-natal beds, gloves, first aid kits, weighing scales, height boards, anthropomorphic measurement instruments and detecto scales were also provided. Photo by Jennina Lanza/World Vision

2016 target: Poverty rate in PH down to at least 18%

May 15, 2015 - 6:54 PM

This target is still higher than the country s 2015 Millennium Development Goals which is to halve the poverty rate to 16 6 from 33 1 in 1991

CREATE OPPORTUNITIES. Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, December 27, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

The challenges of maternal health in PH

May 14, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Poor unemployed mothers struggle to find ways of putting a meal on their table is constant and their health and that of their children take the back seat

A Filipino mother and her child eat their lunch while waiting for their ship back to their provinces in Port Area, Manila, Philippines on 07 January 2010. Slightly fewer Filipinos look forward to 2010 with hope after experiencing a series of tragedies in 2009, among them epic floods in Metro Manila and Luzon, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The survey, conducted from 05 to 10 December 2009, found that while nine out of 10 Filipinos were hopeful, the rate was lower than in the previous three years. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Gaps remain as PH misses 2015 education goals

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:53 PM

The country has already put in place the Education for All Acceleration Plan 2015 It will join the rest of the world in setting new education targets for 2030 during the World Education Forum in South Korea

Sustainable goals: From the MDGs to the SDGs

Mar 25, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines should join the UK and Japan in calling for a more focused development agenda Otherwise we may not able to prioritize actions to ensure that no one is left behind

Money in basic education, cash transfers: What works?

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Current investments in the social sector need to be sustained and deepened so government can help ensure that no one is left behind

How ASEAN is trying to end hunger and food insecurity

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Cooperation and camaraderie need to be fostered among ASEAN member states to attain goals

From politics to planet, 2015 is year of big decisions

Jan 01, 2015 - 12:00 PM

With major decisions deals and deadlines coming up 2015 is a make or break year for the Philippines the region and the world

#HungerProject: Aiming for #ZeroHunger

Nov 14, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Aiming for ZeroHunger highlights the best practices and challenges faced by those fighting hunger and malnutrition in the country

8 ways breastfeeding can help PH achieve dev't

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

There are 8 Millienium Development Goals that the country can achieve with the help of mothers who breastfeed their children exclusively in the first 6 months

Lawmaker to DepEd: Why not hire a nurse for every school?

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:11 PM

Education Secretary Armin Luistro says during the budget hearing that it will not be practical to provide one nurse in each of the department’s 46 000 schools

Q and A: ‘Glass ceiling, not brick wall, for PH women’

Aug 31, 2014 - 4:35 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano tells Rappler why the Philippines does not have enough women leaders and why poor mothers continue to die of childbirth

Recto dares gov't: Pour more funds in 'health bucket'

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM

Senator Ralph Recto commends the increase in the government s proposed health spending for 2015 but says more funding is still needed

iMove for 2015: Fighting hunger, injustice, and beyond

Aug 21, 2014 - 6:24 PM

How can Filipinos move toward a better 2015 and beyond?

MOVE. A network of Filipino advocates are calling on leaders and citizens to 'move' for a better 2015. Image from ShutterStock

PH 'likely' to meet education, infant mortality MDGs

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

But a year before the deadline the country is losing the fight to lessen maternal deaths

Children's rights group to Aquino gov't: Address inequality in child deaths

Aug 18, 2014 - 1:23 PM

With 500 days left to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals Save the Children urges the government to address issues of inequality and its causes

Breastfeeding a 'security issue'

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:01 PM

During emergency situations and calamities breast milk is also a mother’s best advantage and a baby’s best defense Cayetano says

Inequality in education worst in S. Asia, Arab states, Africa

Jul 25, 2014 - 4:37 PM

The latest UNDP report shows older generations continue to struggle with illiteracy; younger ones experience difficulty in transitioning from primary to secondary education

Latest PH Nutrition Survey reveals little progress in beating hunger

Jul 10, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The 2013 National Nutrition Survey reveals how far the Philippines has gone in its fight against hunger

More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990 – UN

Jul 08, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Sub Saharan Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in its progress with population growth conflicts and a decrease in international aid making the timely completion of many Millenium Development Goals unlikely

DISPLACED. Portrait of a five-year-old boy in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)’s base in Labado, East Darfur, 19 November 2013. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

What's next for hunger and poverty after 2015?

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:27 PM

With the coming deadline the next issue is how to sustain the achieved Millennium Development Goals

WHAT'S NEXT? The nearning deadline of the Millennium Development Goals leaves a question on the future of hunger and poverty. Graphic by Mara Mercado

End hunger for today's and tomorrow's generation

May 31, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Is it possible to end hunger for generations to come? The answer is a big yes advocates say How? Governments should step up

UNITED ACTION. Health workers, volunteers, families, and advocates are encouraged to come together to work towards claiming victory in the global battle against hunger. Photo from ACF International Philippines

Health care on wheels: A little push for political will

May 14, 2014 - 4:47 PM

The health department s roadshow aims to visit 3 provinces every month until June 30 2016 with a budget of P1 million per region

DOH revising RH rules; law seen to curb child deaths

Apr 23, 2014 - 7:46 PM

The health department says the Philippines is likely to attain its 4th Millennium Development Goal – to reduce the country s under 5 mortality rate

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'Unsexy' but worthy: KC Concepcion on the fight vs hunger

Apr 11, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Foreigners are surprised that the Philippines has a hunger issue considering that it is an agricultural country says World Food Programme ambassador KC Concepcion

UNSEXY ADVOCACY. KC Concepcion shares her experience in fighting hunger in the Philippines.

Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco

Apr 10, 2014 - 1:09 PM

According to the UN agency countries still lagging behind their goals must spend more on education

Health advocates rejoice over upheld RH law

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED Reproductive health advocates hail the big victory for women and young people and say they are ready for the next battle: to ensure its implementation

'HISTORIC'. Supporters of the Reproductive Health law holds a triumphant parade after the Supreme Court announcement Tuesday, April 8. Photo by Rappler