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POPCOM-NCR opens helpline for family planning, gender-based violence concerns

May 08, 2020 - 3:31 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The public is advised to call or text its official helpline numbers 09617432337 (Smart) and 09272998764 (Globe) or through messenger via POPCOM-NCR facebook account

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Sotto attempt to remove fund for contraceptives is reproductive coercion

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:49 PM

In November 2019, Sotto proposed to remove the P225 million budget specifically allocated to buy 300,000 contraceptive implants

Sotto calls for halt in implant contraceptive funding for 2020

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III questions the ruling of the Food and Drug Administration that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacient

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

PopCom: Amend RH law provision on minors' access to birth control

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III says minors who already have children should be allowed to access family planning methods without their parents' permission

pt2 / news / Dec 20 / 191212_contrceptives03.jpg PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A member of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines , Inc. shows some sample of oral and injectable contrceptives at their office in Quezon City on Wednesday. With the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, contrceptives and sexual education will be available in health centers all over the country.

This Bangkok restaurant is covered in condoms – for good reason

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At Cabbages & Condoms, it's all about safe sex

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS. The restaurant gives out free condoms and raises funds for a family planning non-profit. Rappler screenshot

Duque assures public he’ll implement RH Law

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duterte III once followed ex-president Gloria Arroyo's hardline stance against contraceptives when he served in her Cabinet

UPHOLDING THE LAW. Secretary Francisco Duque III assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bangladesh eyes sterilization to curb Rohingya population

Oct 28, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An official says large families are the norm in the camps, where some parents have up to 19 children and many Rohingya men have more than one wife

WAITING FOR AID. Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh on October 21, 2017. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Deaf in Albay given 'voice' to fight for their sexual rights

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Manila-based Forum for Family Planning and Development has been holding workshops on reproductive health and rights in Albay province for the past 3 years

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

TRO on implants to stay, SC blames DOH for delay

May 26, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The High Court notes that the temporary restraining order it issued in 2015 never meant to enjoin the processing of the entire gamut of family planning supplies that have been declared as unquestionably non abortifacient

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Jan 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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EO 12 to 'pressure' SC ruling on contraceptive implants – Pernia

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia also says EO 12 allows local governments to find ways around the TRO in order to fully implement the reproductive health law

SUPPORT FOR FAMILY PLANNING. National Economic Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia lauds President Duterte's Executive Order No 12. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte signs EO ensuring support for family planning

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says those who want to practice family planning will be provided the services to do so

Groups want TRO on implants lifted, ask to be intervenors in SC case

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Reproductive health advocates claim that keeping the temporary restraining order in place would deprive millions of Filipino women access to contraceptives

DOH asks Supreme Court to lift TRO on contraceptives

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:35 PM

The DOH s motion for reconsideration also seeks the reversal of a decision that ordered the FDA to determine if certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or non abortifacients

Iloilo advocacy groups commit to use X

Aug 15, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Iloilo will be the first city outside of Luzon that will take advantage of X During the event MovePH partners with the the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines – Iloilo chapter for the HIV AIDS advocacy in the region

X MARKS THE SPOT. Advocacy groups in Iloilo commit to use X for the advocacies. Photo by Carlo Evidente/Humans of Iloilo

Use of modern family planning methods in PH rose in 2015 – report

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:15 PM

A report says government and non governmental organizations allocated a total of P40 70 billion in 2015 for the implementation of the Reproductive Health law

Spotify lowers pricing of Premium for Family plan

May 24, 2016 - 5:00 PM

In the Philippines the Premium for Family plan is now P194 a month with up to 6 individual accounts allowed

SPOTIFY PREMIUM FOR FAMILY. Screen shot from Spotify Philippines.

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Mar 29, 2016 - 7:07 PM

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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

Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

The kids are having sex and they are not OK

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception they are left banging in the dark

RH champions awarded for contributions to family planning

Jan 29, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Health Secretary Janette Garin s efforts to promote family planning earn them international recognition

AWARDED. Former Congressman Edcel Lagman and Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin receive awards for contributing to the passage of the Philippines' Reproductive Health Law. Photo by Ana Santos

Gates Foundation invests additional $120-M in family planning

Jan 26, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The Gates Foundation and other concerned groups are moving to ensure the global targets for family planning

YOUNG MOTHERS. Without access to family planning, it is likely that young girls become mothers at an earlier age. Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

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

[DASH of SAS] Her name is Rosalie and she has 17 children

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:44 PM

The scrapping of the P1 billion DOH budget for contraceptives will affect about 4 million women who are among the poorest of the poor

JEREMY. Young parents like Jeremy are sometimes unaware of the need for family planning. Photo by Ana Santos

Duterte: Bible should say 'Adam, Eve, gays'

Jan 21, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The presidential aspirant also says I am for family planning but I will never tolerate abortion because there’s already a human being inside a womb

DUTERTE'S TAKE. Rodrigo Duterte explains his stance on various areas of governance at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DBM: Enough funds in 2016 budget for RH law

Jan 15, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says the health department can draw at the very least around P900 million from different fund sources to buy family planning commodities

ENOUGH FUNDS. A volunteer from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines shows some sample of oral and injectable contraceptives along with male and female condoms at their office in Quezon City

DOH may have to divert family health fund to purchase contraceptives

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin explains how the justifications for the P1 billion reproductive health budget cut by senators Legarda and Sotto don t add up

Health chief: No allocation for contraceptives in 2016 DOH budget

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:34 PM

The DOH s proposed P1 B allocation for contraceptives was removed during deliberations of the bicameral conference committee says Health Secretary Janette Garin

Men's role in family-planning: Thousands to be sterilized in global 'vasectomy-athon'

Nov 13, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Some 750 doctors in 25 countries are to perform the procedure on over 3 000 volunteers to mark World Vasectomy Day with many operations being provided free or at discounted rates

VASECTOMY. Men support vasectomy agreeing it is a celebration of responsible men. Photo from World Vasectomy Day website

Karylle on kissing Vice Ganda, noontime show rivalry, starting a family

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Karylle says the kiss with Vice did not make her husband Yael Yuzon jealous

[Dash of SAS] Why do some pro-life groups hate women so much?

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Did you know that Sorsogon has an executive order declaring itself a pro life city hence banning modern contraception?

Learning sex education in school

Aug 04, 2015 - 7:29 PM

Today s generation needs more than the usual discussion about the birds and bees

 Ana P. Santos

World Population Day: Women, RH, and disasters

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Natural disasters have a strong impact on women and girls On top of this they suffer from another kind of disaster one that deprives them of their reproductive rights

Manila admits RH violation under former mayor Atienza

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Global legal advocacy organization Center for Reproductive Rights calls on the city of Manila to execute an express repeal of the two ordinances which the United Nations says gravely and systematically violated women s rights

A year after the RH law, why the silence?

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Payal Shah senior legal adviser of the New York based Center for Reproductive Rights discusses UN committee findings that many Filipinas still have no access to contraceptives and services

World Bank: 400M still lack access to key health care services

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:39 AM

In low and middle income countries 6 of the people are at risk of being forced into or pushed further into poverty by health care costs

Advocates mourn loss of RH champion Tomas Osias

May 16, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Osias is revered as PopCom s longest serving executive director hailed as a passionate and committed advocate and a father to all

God, sex, babies: Is learning safe sex unsafe?

May 02, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Some Filipinos learn about safe sex only after having several unsafe encounters

SEXUALITY EDUCATION. Which is better?For the Filipino youth to understand safe sex, or for them to remain clueless? Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler, Background image from Shutterstock

Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Sex and pregnancy for some will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life Or sometimes earlier but only by accident

Kids having kids: When choice is not an option

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:31 PM

Sex is a word thrown around lightly these days; but you ll be surprised how little understood it is particularly among Filipino youth under 18

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

The irresponsibility of rabbits

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:09 PM

His is the smiling face under the dripping cowl of a yellow raincoat preaching mercy and compassion but little of either is shown for the women who are blamed for breeding like rabbits in a church that bans artificial contraception

Sotto: Why bigger fund for contraceptives than drug rehab?

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III a staunch critic of the reproductive health law also questions why funds are being allocated for contraceptives that have yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration

'MISLEADING PROPOSAL.' Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III says proponents of legalizing marijuana are just "camouflaging" their proposal by using the term "medical marijuana" when it will just promote substance abuse. File photo from Senate website

RH law full implementation by November 30

Sep 28, 2014 - 7:06 PM

The full implementation of the RH law can be expected by November 30 once the FDA certifies that the contraceptives to be distributed by the DOH are non abortifacient

RH LAW. Once the FDA certifies that the family planning commodities used by the DOH are 'non-abortifacient,' the RH law will be in full swing. File photo by Franz Lopez/

Our right to food

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Besides the lack of stronger policies another problem faced by the Philippines in fighting hunger is the lack of awareness about the right to food

Protecting the newborn and the unborn

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:38 PM

The Philippines is among the top 10 countries in the world with high inequality in newborn deaths between the richest and the poorest

NEWBORN DEATHS. In the Philippines, 12 in 1,000 babies die during their first 28 days of life. Original image from Shutterstock

SWS: 7 out of 10 Filipinos believe RH law is constitutional

Apr 07, 2014 - 12:27 PM

A 2014 SWS survey shows that 72 of Filipinos favor the RH law while 77 believe it to be constitutional The SC is set to rule on its constitutionality on April 8

Young, pregnant and poor

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

For poor teenage mothers life is a roller coaster ride that just goes round and round

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Without RH law, contraceptives will run out in Payatas

Mar 19, 2014 - 9:40 PM

Only P14 million is allotted for Quezon City s health program when the city actually needs P200 million

LAST ONE. Marife Zaragoza says she's already tired of giving birth. Photo by Rappler