By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
On April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan, I attended a workshop offered by kindred souls concerned about the healing of Earth and its inhabitants. But more than just being concerned about our wounded planet, these persons are preoccupied with the enrichment of our earthly dwelling and our own human lives.
May our Supreme Court justices be inspired by the words of our Pope Francis who said that the Catholic Church’s teachings can have new interpretation according to the “signs of the times.”
The figures are alarming, especially in a country that has prided itself in low-prevalence rates on HIV, the virus that can lead to the fatal AIDS. A recent report about 486 new HIV cases is particularly distressing because it represents a 43-percent increase over the same period last year. In fact, according to the Department of Health, 934 HIV cases were reported last January-February alone.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Rare is the time when government officials and politicians cross interchamber borders to heap praise on each other. But during the celebration of International Women’s Day (which is officially marked tomorrow, March 8) at the House of Representatives, congresswomen led the adoption of HR 53 commending Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman “for her strong commitment to public service and selfless dedication to alleviate the plight of disaster-stricken Filipinos.”
There is nothing quite as distressing as a child afflicted with a grave disease, like cancer. Certain types of cancer are so ruthless, so expensive to treat, that not every child is gifted with a “happy ending.” In the Philippines, where poverty is a continuing reality, the cost of fighting cancer is so high that children diagnosed with the disease are handed a virtual death sentence.
By Juan L. Mercado
Like the proverbial bogus coin, this issue keeps turning up: Do expiration dates on medicines mean anything?
Being an employee of a major government institution, I have always tried to remain optimistic regarding what the government does for its people.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Reading about Leonard Wood’s brain tumor and how it may have affected the way he ran the Philippines as US governor-general made me wonder about occupants of Malacañang and other seats of power elsewhere in the world in other times.
By Peter Wallace
The huge outpouring of support for a country in need shows just what the international community can do when it’s called upon to help. Lives have been saved, health restored, people fed by a world willing to help.
By Joyce Crystel Manrique
It is kind of hard to understand people. I am not sure what they want for me. Is the physical state just the first thing they notice, so they immediately comment on it, or I just have ounces of insecurity in my body to actually admit that there has been a huge change?
Why is measles going on a rampage and has become an epidemic in several places? It is not difficult to see the primary reason. What a big joke that Health Secretary
Enrique Ona is blaming a foreign virus for it!
Five years ago the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) realized the need to increase the national budget for health. As one of the resource persons in the hearing in the House of Representatives at that time, I pleaded that the budget for the Department of Health be supplemented to meet the demands of healthcare.