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What’s next for RH?

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is “not unconstitutional,” save for eight provisions, what should pro-RH advocates do? There are legal, practical and political next steps to consider, but we think the immediate task is to spread a sense of affirmation: The great majority of Filipinos support the law. Everything else should proceed from that.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Wild Wild West

The firecracker injuries sustained in the yearend revelry appeared to be a harbinger of worse things to come. According to the Department of Health, not only was the final number significantly higher this year compared to 2013 (1,018 injuries at the start of the new year, or 87 cases more than the figure recorded in same period last year, and 73 cases more than the average in the last five years from 2008 to 2012) but 22 cases also were the result of stray bullets.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DOH: Fewer dengue cases reported in Metro Manila

This is in reference to the “Did You Know” item written by Schatzi Quodala (Metro, 7/25/13). The item stated that from Jan. 1 to July 6, 2013, there were 903 reported cases of dengue in Quezon City, 647 in Manila, and 475 in Caloocan City.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

When her husband has a lover


Old information material on HIV/AIDS used to contain warnings against certain “types” of people, including sex workers, gay men and even overseas workers, allegedly because they were “prone” to certain behaviors that made them vulnerable to infection and complicit in the spread of the disease.

Posted: July 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A new approach to dengue


“Dengue season” is upon us, what with the onset of the rainy season. This is because the rains and floods create stagnant pools of water where mosquitoes bearing the dengue-causing organism breed. But in truth, as the Department of Health says, dengue is a year-round threat, since many households still harbor locations and containers where water may collect—drums, pails, tires, ponds, fountains, gutters, even vases—which even at the height of summer may host mosquito populations.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inappropriate acronym for health program

This is to react to the recent news item, “DOH bats for ‘SEX’ in call centers” (Metro, 5/25/13). Why must everything be related to sex? Using sex as an acronym for “stress-free, eating right and exercise” may be catchy and amusing, but I believe the health and labor officials who came up with the campaign should have considered that statistics show that the BPO industry has shown an alarming increase in reported HIV cases.

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

DOH: Beware of those herbal medicines


The defect in the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates has been corrected, according to election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who criticized the proclamation soon after the first six senators were proclaimed. Macalintal was one of the three guests at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The two others were Dr. Honorata L. Catibog, director of the Department of Health’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and Dr. Anthony P. Calibo, also of the same center and a specialist in the care of the newborn.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Real solution to AIDS

The Inquirer’s Dec. 6 editorial (“In the real world”) made the case for the use of condoms to stop the HIV epidemic in the Philippines. To support the proposal, it cited statistics of rising HIV incidence year after year. Mention was made of the Department of Health stopping the purchase of condoms in 2001, and [...]

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Give doctors dignity they deserve

THIS IS a reaction to the Inquirer editorial of Nov. 14 regarding the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program. The editorial meant well; unfortunately, some of the issues it raised were framed rather inaccurately.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Utak Wang-Wang At PRC


The PRC is the Philippine Regulatory Commission. I believe it is tasked to regulate licenses of professionals like doctors, nurses, engineers, etc. I have never dealt with the PRC although I have been approached by interested parties asking for endorsements to become commissioners in this agency. Of course, I never got to accommodate any of these requests because I have no influence whatsoever with the appointing authorities.

Posted: September 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Breaking out of denial


While the Department of Health currently operates on an annual budget of P40 billion, the total annual expenditure for smoking-related illnesses (cancers, lung diseases and cardio-vascular complications, not to mention lower productivity, absenteeism and fires caused by cigarettes) total P400 billion.

Posted: February 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dangerous bravado

Just what would it take to scare people away from dangerous firecrackers every New Year? Authorities have tried persuasion and blunt warning alike, but  they haven’t had much impact on a populace so in thrall to the supposed lucky properties of exploding, injurious pyrotechnics at the start of the new year—the bigger the bang, the [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »



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