The Last Country in the World Where Divorce Is Illegal

elcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of “illegitimate” children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal. NILA, Philippines — On the occasion of his 84th birthday in 2011, friends of former Filipino Senator Ramon Revilla, a darkly handsome film star turned politician, unveiled an imposing 10-meter-high bronze statue in his honor. […]

Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?

When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again. When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice to obtain the two things that will secure a future for […]

Philippines government ‘must do better’ to rebuild education

MANILA, 6 June 2014 (IRIN) – As some students in areas hit by the Philippines’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan troop back to school this month, the government’s efforts in rebuilding the education service has been met with concerns that, seven-months on, access to learning remains a challenge for far too many children. The category 5 super […]

Analysis: Help wanted – local aid workers need psychosocial assistance too

HIGHLIGHTS Scant mental health support for local aid workers Financial needs may muffle requests for help Debriefing aid workers re-examined Line “blurred” between local responders and survivors MANILA/BANGKOK, 3 December 2013 (IRIN) – Back-to-back emergencies during the last three months in the Philippines have exposed the need for more psychosocial support (clinical and social assistance […]

After the storm: Pregnant women need urgent care and attention

  MANILA, Philippines – An estimated 235,000 pregnant women affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda urgently need assistance, particularly the restoration of maternal and newborn health services. This was the call made by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) who reports that based on government estimates that between 9 and 13 million Filipinos have been affected […]

Know The Legal Rights Of Working Moms

When one moves from working girl to working mom, she will be entitled to certain benefits under various laws. These rights and benefits are designed to make the transition to motherhood smoother. by Ana P. Santos you run a business, you most likely work with and employ women. Know that they are entitled to legal […]

Education in crisis

BY ANA P. SANTOS* *As told to Ana P. Santos by Yul Olaya, UNICEF Education in Crisis officer When doing a news report on a national calamity the magnitude of Typhoon Pablo, a journalist is often constrained by word count and ever shrinking attention spans to limit the information to pertinent facts. There is little time […]

Cervical cancer: The challenge of prevention

BY ANA P. SANTOS MANILA, Philippines – Every day there are 12 Filipino women who die from cervical cancer. In 2007, this number was 10. Because cervical cancer is often detected in its late stages, the mortality rate is high. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the Philippines, cervical cancer ranks as the 2nd […]

Philippines typhoon affecting maternal health

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 18 January 2013 (IRIN) – With many health facilities damaged or destroyed in typhoon-affected Mindanao, experts have expressed concern about the state of maternal health care. “Many village health centres were totally destroyed. Even in those centres that were only partially damaged, medical supplies were washed […]