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Rappler Talk: Steven Rood on populism in Philippine politics

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:40 PM

On Tuesday, June 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to political scientist Steven Rood about populism as a recurrent thread in the Philippines

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

PopCom urges parents to discuss sexuality with teens during quarantine

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Conversations with teens on sexuality may prevent early sexual encounters and teenage pregnancies, says the Commission on Population and Development

A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Instagram displayed on a tablet. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)

5.5 million Filipinos over age 60 'most vulnerable' to coronavirus – study

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

A research brief released by the UP Population Institute says 5.5 million Filipinos are most vulnerable to COVID-19 because aside from being among those aged 60 and above, they also have existing high-risk conditions

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City, on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that physical distancing norms are followed. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bumble bee numbers tumble with climate change – study

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:08 PM

One-in-six species of bees have gone regionally extinct somewhere in the world

POLLINATOR. File photo of Northern white-tailed bumble bee (Bombus magnus) on a lantana flower. Shutterstock.com

China's total population exceeds 1.4 billion for 1st time

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The population aged 60 and over was 253.88 million last year, accounting for 18.1% of the total

PATRIOT. A child holds up a Chinese flag near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Photo by Kyodo News)

Culion winning fight vs teenage pregnancies through education, health

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'We are surprised that they have a very low teenage pregnancy rate in Culion considering they are composed of islands which make it hard to monitor,' says Chi Vallido of the Forum for Family Planning and Development

UNSPOILED. Shiok Island in Culion, Palawan. Shutterstock.com

PH population growth slows, 2020 estimate 1M less than expected

Dec 27, 2019 - 10:14 PM

The Population Commission says this is indicative of family planning efforts 'yielding positive results'

HUNDRED MILLION. The 2015 Philippine population hits the 100-million mark. File photo by Rappler

[OPINION] On Pinoy intellectuals, 'bobotantes,' and populism

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Would you mind a conversation with the taxi driver or the package delivery boy about the things that matter to him?

Fight for safe abortions is far from over, say experts

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 PM

According to experts, the overwhelming majority of unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

WOMEN'S HEALTH. Director of the department of Reproductive Health and Research in WHO, Doctor Ian Askew, gives his remarks at the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) on November 12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/UNFPA/AFP-Services

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.

Rappler Talk: Juan Antonio Perez III on the state of teen pregnancy in the Philippines

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Rappler speaks with Population and Development Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III about teenage pregnancy, education and social protection of young parents, and reproductive health in the country

[ANALYSIS] Is Canada really immune to populism?

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The populist People’s Party of Canada may have failed to gain a single seat in the country’s recent election, but its far-right platform is here to stay

PopCom to Duterte: Declare teenage pregnancy as national emergency

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:09 PM

(UPDATED) Teenage pregnancy causes P33 billion in economic losses, and curbing it would lead to national development, says Commission on Population and Development Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

Executive Director of Commission on Population and Development Usec. Juan Antonio Perez lll deliver his message during launching the “No More Children Having Children” campaign, a ramped-up crusade for the passage of a law that addresses adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines at a press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. According to data from the PSA, 24 babies are delivered by teenage mothers every hour. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

From clubfoot to miracle feet: NGO network offers free rehabilitation

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Clubfoot, a birth defect which causes one or both feet to turn inwards or outwards, is not that rare. It reportedly affects one in every 800 children worldwide.

WORKING FOR MIRACLES. Dr. Pierre Leung of of Benguet General Hospital holds baby Rihanna Basiwag, one of the beneficiaries of the Miracle Feet Project, which provides free rehabilitation for children with clubfoot. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Mark Thompson on Duterte's 'violent populism'

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:59 PM

On Friday, July 12, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Mark Thompson, an expert on Southeast Asian politics, to discuss the past 3 years of the Duterte presidency and the continuing support of Filipinos for the President

Philippines a slowly ageing society – PIDS study

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

According to a study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the country is on its way to becoming an ageing society. What does this mean for Filipinos?

SLOWLY AGEING. A recent study has shown that the Philippines is on its way to becoming an ageing society.

Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – United Nations

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The study paints a picture of a future in which a handful of countries see their populaces surge as life expectancy lengthens while the global growth rate slows amid declining fertility rates

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises

Apr 13, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The Finns Party's election manifesto, released after the arrests, goes into detail about a perceived security risk posed by immigrants, particularly in the areas of sexual assault and terrorism.

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Number of teenage moms decreasing in Cordillera

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Non-governmental organizations are instrumental. The Forum for Family Planning and Development, for example, has joined forces with Benguet and Ifugao provinces for the campaign.

EDUCATING TEENS. Advocate Chi Vallido (in photo), along with Kevin de Vera of Forum for Family Planning and Development and Karen Gaqui of Dep-Ed Provincial Health Office, speak to teachers and students of Tublay School of Home on how to prevent teenage pregnancy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippine population to hit 109 million by end-2019 – PopCom

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:05 AM

The Commission on Population also estimates that the Philippines' workforce will reach 70 million by the end of next year

NUMBER INCREASING. Filipino shoppers troop to Divisoria Market in Manila to purchase bargain-priced merchandise a day before Christmas on December 24, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'Let babies' cries be heard!' is another of the baby-making slogans Serbia is busy producing – while it struggles to increase actual births

SHRINKING POPULATION. A woman walks with a child trough Belgrade's fortress gates, in Belgrade, on December 6, 2018. Photo by  Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Japan enacts controversial law to accept foreign workers

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Opposition parties raise questions about the law, claiming that it fails to consider its potential impact on Japanese society and does not protect foreign workers' rights

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Labor shortage woes force Japan to pry open door to migrant workers

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The Japan government wants to allow foreign workers as early as next April, granting visas for up to 5 years to those employed in industries facing chronic shortages such as agriculture, nursing and construction

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others – study

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

While the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion in 2017, that growth is deeply uneven according to region and income

Did you know that some PH cities have more Facebook users than actual population?

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Iloilo City has the highest number of Facebook users with 223.22%-334.83% of the population actively using the social media platform monthly, followed by Cebu City

[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

'A batch of yellow, blue and red condoms' image courtesy Shutterstock  http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-246516376/stock-photo-a-batch-of-yellow-blue-and-red-condoms.html

After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Meet the woman battling South Korea's 'birth strike'

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The job of South Korea's family minister Chung Hyun-Back is to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates – but she herself is childless and single

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 3, 2018

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

families and friends gather at the parks as holiday season goes on this month and enjoying the color fountain at the park of famous park in the country Luneta Park. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippine population to exceed 107 million by end-2018 – PopCom

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The Commission on Population projects around 4,965 Filipinos will be added per day or about 206 every hour in 2018

MORE PINOYS IN 2018. The Commission on Population projects an even higher number of Filipinos this year. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] The party’s over

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It’s time to stop wishing for a single, hardball opportunity to end this state of abuse. 2018 is yours – and ours – to fix.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Is Duterte a dictator, a fascist, or a populist?

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Is the president any of the three?

Amnesty International report, PH population, Google, FB join Trust Project | Midday wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Philippine population hits nearly 101 million in 2015

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Among the 33 highly urbanized cities, Quezon City had the highest population with 2.94 million people in 2015, followed by Manila with 1.78 million, Davao City with 1.63 million, and Caloocan City with 1.58 million

'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

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

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

Asians will be largest U.S. immigrant group by 2055 – Pew

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The US Asian population grew from 11 9 million in 2000 to 20 4 million in 2015

Duterte's falling out with the Left

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The contradiction between unity and struggle between working with the government on some issues but fighting it on others was a balancing act that many found confusing and difficult

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs

Population Commission hopes SC will soon lift implants TRO

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:42 AM

We now have a roadmap wherein the TRO will be lifted we hope within the year says Commission on Population Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

SC file photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict?

Jul 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000 according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

FLEEING THE FIGHTING. A mother and her baby rest at an evacuation center at the Buru-on Barangay Hall in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 15, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines