Friday, April 29, 2011

National Youth Commission Resolution on the RH Bill

This is the 2-page resolution of the National Youth Commission expresses its support to the legislation and implementation of a National Policy on Reproductive Health adopted on April 11, 2011.

National Fatwah on Reproductive Health & Family Planning

NEWS ARCHIVE
Muslim Religious Leaders Issue a National Fatwa in Support of Family Planning
In the Philippines' Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) – composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and Marawi City – fertility rates are far higher and contraceptive prevalence rates much lower than in the rest of the country. Maternal and infant death rates in ARMM are also among the highest in the country.
One reason for this has been the lack of clear guidelines about the role of family planning in Islam. To clarify the matter, in early 2004, the Assembly of Darul Ifta – the biggest and most influential group of Muslim religious leaders in the country – issued a national fatwa (religious decree) on reproductive health and family planning, a landmark event. Many see the fatwa as a major breakthrough towards improving family planning practice in the region and consequently helping to reduce maternal and infant deaths.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Directory of Nursing Associations in the Philippines

Here is the list of the updated nursing organizations in the Philippines with some contact information that would be helpful. 

The nursing profession in the Philippines have a loose network of different nursing organizations that help cultivate a very rich and dynamic nursing culture - all from different nursing specialties and interests. This makes the nursing profession so broad that many nursing organizations are not much known to a common nurse. To date, there are more than 25  nursing specialty & interest organizations in the country.

Kabataan Partylist Medical Mission


One of our partners in AYNLA Philippines is the sole partylist for young people in Congress, Kabataan Partylist and they will be having their medical-nursing mission slated this April 30, May 8, 15 and 30


The slated medical-nursing mission will be participated by our members in AYNLA but they also seek out young doctors who might want to help in the upcoming community-based health service.

Below are some details of their upcoming project.



I. PROJECT IDENTIFICATION

TULONG KABATAAN
MEDICAL MISSION
PROJECT NAME

April 30 and May 7
PROJECT DURATION

kabataanpartylist@gmail.com
EMAIL ADDRESS

Glyziel Gotiangco
PROJECT COORDINATOR

II. THE ORGANIZER

Kabataan Partylist is the first and only youth representative in Congress. It advances the basic rights of youth and the Filipino people for accessible education, decent living condition and bright future. It believes that the youth should dedicate its talent, intellect and skills in building a society free from corruption, inequality and other social injustices.

One of the issues Kabataan Party-list has been promoting since its founding is the promotion of medical assistance to indigenous peoples.

III. PROJECT RATIONALE

The indigenous peoples or the so-called “national minorities” account for about 15 percent of the Philippine population. And most of them cannot afford medical care if not for the fact that they have excessive health care costs. 

Lack of medical facilities is one of the reasons why indigenous people have health care problems; Income and lack of access to medical facilities are the 2 main reasons for the said problem. Kabataan Party list are exerting efforts to give them health care assistance which they need the most in cooperation with different organizations.

IV. PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The medical mission aims to:
  1. Promote health care assistance
  2. Provide medical coverage to elderly, children’s, people with specific medical conditions and requirements, and less income individuals and families.

V. PROJECT DETAILS

Medical Mission has already been set at Brgy. Old Capitol Sites, Quezon CityThis community-base health care service will give emphasis on the need to provide medical assistance to the national minority.

This event is our tie-up project with Department of Health, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Si Kuya A ay si Totoy Bentot noon!


Ako ay si Totoy Bentot! Hahaha...Bentot ang una kong palayaw noong bata pa ako, at si Mama lamang ang nakakatawag nyan noon sa akin. Picture ko to noong graduation ko sa Kindergarten! waaaaaa....at iyan si Mac-mac, pinsan ko dito sa Manila. Ngayon nagkakailangan na kaming mag-usap LOL.

Sige subukan mong tawagin ako nyan ngayon, uupakan kita! hehehe juk lang!

Kuya A

Mga Lumang Litrato

Tingnan mo nga naman ang nadekwat ko sa aking naghihingalong Friendster account! Mga luma naming litrato ng pamilya at mga ilang pinsan noong nakatira pa ako sa Cebu! Ahh, nostalgia!

Kuya A
Nako di ko na ata kilala yang lalaking naka-itim, sino sya? Hahaha
Mga pinsan ko sa Cebu

Ako at ang kapatid ko, noon Milo at Gatas kami.

Si Kuya A at Ang Makasaysayang Pink na Barong!


Katuwa di ba? Ayan ang makasaysayang pink barong na sinuot ko sa Music from the Heart Concert noong 2007. Ang barong na yan ang outfit ko in tandem sa mga naka pink na Koreana! Isa ako sa mga napiling Cebuano artists na magperform sa concert na to.

Di ko na masusuot ulit ang barong na yan hahaha! Kaya enjoy looking! LOL
Kapal din ng make-up ko dito mukha tuloy akong adik! hahaha

Apir!

Kuya A

Noong "Artista" pa si Kuya A

Ito ang una kong performance (pro-bono) para sa
celebration ng International Mental Health Day.
Sa Rajah Sulayman Park ito ginanap.
Well mga ka-epal, naging mala artista na rin ang buhay ko - maraming drama, comedy, action, horror at sci-fi (?). Looking back, noong nasa Cebu pa ako naging maganda naman ang buhay ko doon at kahit na GGB (gulo-gulong buhay) dahil sa trabaho at adbokasiya, natutuwa akong isipin na naging artista kumbaga din ako (seriously! hahaha).

Noon kasi halos every weekend meron akong mga "gigs" o yung mga shows. It's either I sing, host or judge a competition. And take note every weekend ito kaya naman during that time na I was a university instructor hindi ko alam paano hahatiin ang katawan ko. Pero in all honesty, gusto ko ang ginagawa ko.

Ang picture na to ay noong nag-audition ako sa isang original
stage play para sa mga nurses, and I got one of the lead roles
pero di ko rin tinuloy kasi I left for Manila already.
Bilang Singer/Hosting 

Mainstay artist/singer/host at voice coach ako ng Metro Chain of Stores and umiikot ako noon sa tatlong malls nila, Metro Colon, Metro Mandaue at Metro Ayala. Mainstay voice & theatre coach din nila ako, 5 years for voice lessons at 1 year sa theater. I taught 6-16 years old kids and teens and that is every summer. And I totally miss that too. It was good pay ha kasi I'm teaching for only around 4 hours a day straight for two weeks and enjoy din nai man.

But what I miss the most and hindi ko pa nagagawa dito sa Manila ang magperform professionally. Way back sa Cebu, I perform sa malls na namention ko and other malls like SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and Gaisano Mactan. These are mall shows na kundi man may competition doon at guest singer ako or if not may special event ang mall. 

Hindi ako dancer, yan lang ata ang di ko talaga alam.
Pero sa picture na ito, napilitan akong sumayaw kasi faculty presentation
namin to sa university at Acquaintance Party ito ng College of Nursing namin.
Asiwa!
Marami na rin akong nakasamang artista sa aking munting pagtatanghal like sina Anne Curtis, Shirley Fuentes, Rica Peralejo, Agot Isidro, Rico Barrera, AJ Dee at nakaperform na rin ako sa mga local noontime show ng ABS-CBN Cebu noon. Hindi kasi ako mahilig ng mga pictures kaya konti lang ang natabi ko. 

Isa na dito ang mall show ni John Lloyd Cruz na kung saan ako ang host at nag front act para sa kanyang Cebu Mall Show kasama ko dyan si Hazel Brillantes ang kaibigan at co-host na kinuha ko dahil alam kong dead na dead sya kay Papa Lloydie.

Hosting for John Lloyd Cruz's Cebu Mall Tour
Isa pang pic kay John Lloyd, ang mga tao nito ay di magkamayaw!
After ito ng show. Si Hazel ay naging ka-duet ko na rin noon sa
Mr. & Ms. Southwestern University 2007 
Isa pa sa mga naitago kong pictures ay ang pag-host ko din kay Iza Calzado na talaga namang napaka ganda at napaka bait. Imagine mo nakatayo lang sya sa backstage kasi ang mga back-up dancers nya ang pinapaupo nya. At sya pa ang nagpulot ng mga damit nila sa sahig nung nagrurush na ang mga dancers. Heto ang pic nung show

Nag-promote lang si Iza Calzado dito ng iniendorsong brand, Pink Soda
Autograph signing ni Iza Calzado
Voice Coaching

Limang taon akong naging mainstay sa Metro Chain of Stores bilang voice coach nila sa kanilang Metro Summer Fun Workshop na kung saan nagtuturo ako ng isang batch ng mga bata in two weeks at every after noon ay nag-oorganize naman ako ng mga recitals nila. Nagsimula ako bilang isang mainstay singer nila after nilang magustuhan ang performances ko. After noon pinaturo nila ako ng voice lesson and nag-prepare ako ng module for beginners at yung swak din sa program nila. Umabot ako ang 5 years at nung mga 4th-5th year ko nagdoble ang mga students and this time I have to handle two batches every summer (6 batches in 3 malls). 

Nagturo din ako sa Arts DYNAmics Cebu, isang independent talents enhancement company na kung saan ako ang unang voice coach nila. Nakapagturo din ako sa Summer Workshop ng SM City Cebu noong 2008. Nakamiss ang mga bata kong students, lalo na yung mga makukulit hahaha. Pero take note, istrikto akong magturo LOL.

Concert

Noong September 2007 napasama ako sa isang concert ni Comm. Nonoy Libanan entitled "Music from the Heart: A Soulful Evening with Nonoy Libanan". In celebration na rin to ng Cebu-Korea Friendship Day. I was chosen to be one of the Cebuano Artists to sing at may mga counterpart kaming mga Korean singers (how cool!). Ito ang aking unang participation sa isang concert and it's unforgettable.
With Theresa, one of the Cebuano Artists. In fairness, payat pako dito!
Heto ang complete casts ng mga Cebuano at Korean singers sa concert
Heto ang picture namin after the concert with Shirley Fuentes na sya ring guest performer sa concert:
Kasama ko din dito si Bruce Bollozos ang director namin
at si Angel at Tere mga co-singers ko din.
Anyway may nakita akong isang recorded video ng finale song namin na "Heal the World" at ako yung guy dyan na naka pink na barong (eeemageeenee? Pink na barong?? Oh yes sa di ko maexplain na rason kung bakit sa lahat ng barong, pink pa talaga ang motif nila).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1st National Symposium on Wound Care Speakers & Sponsors Night


I had a great night earlier with the other speakers and sponsors of the 1st National Symposium on Wound Care Dome Cafe in Makati. 

I was able to have a long and fruitful talk with the officers of another professional organization, the Philippine Physical Therapy Association Inc. (PPTA) and discussed several similarities of challenges our professions are going. I was talking with their current National President, Gayline Manalang when we realized we were seat mates during the 1st Senate Hearing on Nursing Volunteerism-for-a-Fee issue. 

She spoke there at the Senate Hearing representing the Physical Therapy professionals and aired the same concern as that of the current practice in nursing, volunteerism to gain clinical experience. Our talk deepened and informally discussed our future plans for both our professional organizations. I also met PPTA's past president, Dean Jocelyn Agcaoili of UST and intently listened to me when I was talking about how the nursing issue got the media mileage. 
The host of tonight's gathering was no less than Dr. TJ Foronda, the founder and managing director of Wound Care Institute of the Philippines (WCIP) - the main host of this year's national symposium. I am very honored to be one of this years speakers together with other national and international wound care experts and clinicians. Doc TJ also got interviewed by some print media as well.

OHNAP 2011 Midyear Conference in Bacolod City

Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines 
2011 Midyear Conference

To our Colleagues in the Nursing Profession..

Greetings from OHNAP!

Once again.we would like to invite you the the Year 2011 MidYear Conference which will be held in Bacolod City on May 19-21, 2011.

We have lined up different activities for you.  Please call OHNAP Secretariat for more information at 8943049 and look for Ms. Mercy.

Thanks!




Philippine Mental Health Association's 1st Quarterly Forum: Detecting & Managing Behavioral Disorders




From Roussel Frances Gajete, President of the Psychiatric Mental Health Association of the Philippines

Greetings fellow nurses!


You might be interested to attend PMHA's 1st Quarterly Forum entitled:

"Pasaway na Bata: Bakit Ka Nagwawala?" 
Detecting and Managing Behavioral Disorders in the Regular Classroom Setting

Speakers: Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho, clinical psychologist
Ms. Celani Chan-Trajano, reading clinician/SPED Teacher

Date: April 29, 8-5pm
Venue: Roberto Concepcion Memorial Hall
PMHA Compound, East Avenue

For more details, please contact: 
9214958-59 or log on to www.pmha.org.ph

Philippine Obstetrical & Gynecological Society (POGS) Statement of Support to RH Bill


PHILIPPINE OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Foundation), INC.
POSITION STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED 2010 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILLS

The PHILIPPINE OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Foundation), INC. has stated in its Mission Statement that we are a society of God‐fearing Obstetrician‐Gynecologists committed to serve the Filipino people by advancing the art and science of reproductive health, enhancing professional growth and welfare of its members through training and research, fostering women’s advocacy programs and upholding the highest ethical standards of practice through excellent health care delivery.   

The Society envisions itself as the leading organization in reproductive health, working towards significant reduction in maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, reproductive tract infections and cancer. It aims to promote increased awareness of women’s health issues through expanded community service, continuing medical education, training of members, efficient networking, active linkages and collaboration with GOs and NGOs, relevant research programs, effective public education and information dissemination, and sound health policy reforms and advocacy guided by our moral, socio‐ cultural and ethical values.

The POGS (Foundation), INC. is a national organization whose membership includes the whole spectrum of Philippine society.  We are a heterogenous and pluralistic group of medical specialists of diverse cultural mores and persuasions with different religious affiliations and beliefs. We are singularly bound by our commitment to the Society’s aforementioned mission and vision. We stand united in our diversity, respecting each other’s right to his/her religious beliefs and not imposing our own standards on anyone.  Collateral to these, we uphold the high ethical and moral standards of medical practice expected of us by the Society. 

We support the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE BILL in the context of our mission‐vision to uphold the equality of the rights to life for both mother and child, freedom of religious beliefs, a right to proper education on health and right to health services as may be necessary for patient’s need and also the rights of the physician to his/her beliefs on certain provisions on services.
  
We agree with the dismal figures presented two years ago in the hearing of Senate Bill No. 3122. To us obstetricians, the introduction of reproductive health bills in Congress is long
overdue. 

As regards the current RH Bills proposed in Congress, a comparative review was done on
the following bills by the Ethics and Medical Practice Committee with assistance from the
Women’s Reproductive Health Advocacy Committee.
      H.B. No. 96      ‐ Hon. Representative Lagman
      H.B. No. 101    ‐ Hon. Representative Garin
      H.B  No. 513    ‐ Hon. Representative Bag‐ao and Bello
      H.B. No. 1160  ‐ Hon. Representative Biazon
      H.B. No. 1520  ‐ Hon. Representative Syjuco
      H.B. No. 3387  ‐ Hon. Representative Ilagan and de Jesus

Although expressed differently, all the proposed House Bills espouse the following:
  1. Setting up more maternal healthcare facilities and services.
  2. Building more modern and complete Nursery Health Care Facilities and Services.
  3. Setting up blood banks in hospitals and other health facilities.
  4. Establishing centers for education and information on Reproductive Health.
  5. Government to supply centers of family planning materials to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.
  6. Providing mobile clinics in congressional districts that render education and information on reproductive health and sex education.
  7. Humane and non‐discriminating healthcare to post abortive complication cases.
  8. Mandatory age‐appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education in schools by adequately trained teachers.
  9. Premarital counseling centers in churches and in government offices that conduct marriage licensure services.
  10. Ensuring that reproductive health services are delivered with a full range of supplies, facilities and equipment and that service providers are adequately trained for such reproductive health care delivery;
  11. Expanding the coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), especially among poor and marginalized women, to include the full range of reproductive health services and supplies as health insurance benefits

All the proposed aforementioned measures should be consolidated into one Reproductive
Health Bill, with the inclusion of our recommendations.

We support also these provisions under Section on “Prohibited acts”:   
  • “Refuse to perform legal and medically‐safe reproductive health procedures on any person of legal age on the ground of lack of third party consent or authorization. In case of married persons the mutual consent of the spouses shall be preferred. However in case of disagreement, the decision of the one undergoing the procedure shall prevail. In the case of abused minors where parents and/or other family members are the perpetrators as certified to by the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) and Development, no prior parental consent shall be necessary.”
  • “Refuse to extend quality health care services and information on account of the person’s marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, personal circumstances, or nature of work, provided that, the conscientious objection of a 
Recommendations:
  1. We strongly recommend inclusion of the following:  
    1. Inclusion of fetal health care in the element of Maternal, Infant and Child health and Nutrition, including Breastfeeding.
    2. Protection of physician’s right to give medical advice and intervention in the case of minors, in due consideration of the latter’s right to reproductive health care.
    3. We support patient autonomy in seeking reproductive health care.
  2. Consolidate all proposed RH Bills into one.
  3. To have a successful implementation of a Reproductive Health Bill, an increase in the National Budget with a corresponding increase in the allotment for health be effected so that even though the government may not afford a health budget as high as 7% as in Scandinavian countries, the government may reach the WHO recommendation of 5%, a far cry from the present 2% of the 1.6 trillion pesos.
  4. We recommend the retention of the Population Commission and representation of POGS as a member of the said Commission.
  5. Standardization of premarital counseling to be given in churches and government offices by properly trained and competent counselors.  

Clarifications:

There is much disinformation and misconception in media and other fora on the following issues. We would like to state that:
  • Contraceptive pills:
    • Do not cause abortion; in fact they prevent unwanted pregnancies hence nothing to abort.
    • Do not cause death and disease when used appropriately. Pregnancy and childbirth cause more death and disability than taking oral contraceptives. The hormones in the pills are synthetic hormones that are comparable to those produced by women’s ovaries.   They are modified in doses and composition to make them better, safer and predictable in their medical effects.
    • Do not cause cancer; in fact they reduce cancer of endometrium and ovaries.
    • The reported slight increase in the risk for breast cancer is obviated by taking pills based on the national clinical guidelines
  • Availability of Family Planning information and materials will not cause promiscuity but will reduce unwanted pregnancies, teenage pregnancies, criminal abortions and consequently reduce maternal and fetal mortality.
Definition of terms:  
  • Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before the 20th week of gestation. It can either be:
    • spontaneous (often referred to as miscarriage)
    • induced (criminal)
Remarks:   
  • Every pregnancy should be planned, cared for and supported.
  • A consolidated and comprehensive Reproductive Health Bill should be enacted immediately to lessen the number of mothers, unborn and newborn lives wasted daily.     

Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
December 14, 2010

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National Council of Churches in the Philippines Statement of Support to the RH Bill

National Council of Churches in the Philippines
Statement of Support to RH Bill

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) (Sanguniang Pambansa ng mga Simbahan sa Pilipinas) is a fellowship of ten mainline Protestant and non-Roman Catholic denominations, and ten service-oriented organizations in the Philippines. It represents close to twelve million adherents. Advocacy for environmental protection and against large-scale mining are part of its core mission. Christian organizations other than churches may be received as associate members. It is member of the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia.
Emblem / FlagMember Church Name
Apostolic Catholic Church (ACC)
Christ Centered Church (CCC)
Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC)
Episcopalphils.jpgEpiscopal Church of the Philippines (ECP)
IEMELIF.jpgIglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF)
(Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippines)
Logo ifi white.jpgIglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) (Philippine Independent Church)
Iglesia Unida Ekyumenikal (UNIDA)
Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP)
Standard of the Salvation Army.svgThe Salvation Army (TSA)


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The United Methodist Church of the Philippines (UMC)
UCCP.jpgUnited Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)