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‘Kapit sa patalim’

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A test of leadership is the ability to rise above one’s personal interests and push forward measures for the greater good—even if it may run counter to one’s preferences or self-interest.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A survey on smoking

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Our newly posted report, “First quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Survey on usage, attitudes and behavior of Filipinos towards smoking” (www.sws.org.ph, 6/18/2014), backs up the Department of Health’s announcement last May 30, the day before World No Tobacco Day, that smoking among the young and the very poor has decreased. The DOH considers the youth and the poor as its prime target groups.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The spirit behind it

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One summer back in the 1980s, I traveled with a group of friends to Sagada. We climbed a hill, and when we got to the top we had a most breathtaking view. One of my companions looked out and called out, “Fresh air!”—and then inhaled deeply on his cigarette.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Young gender gaps

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March is Women’s Month, a good time to reflect on some of the statistics that came out of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI). The survey involved more than 19,000 Filipinos aged 15 to 24, from throughout the Philippines, and some preliminary statistics were released in February.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women legislators in action

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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.”

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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