Personal Beliefs vs. the Common Good

In the wake of the Senate Bi Cameral Committee removing a P1 billion allocation for family planning commodities from the…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The battle for reproductive rights in the Philippines has had more than its share of ups and downs. Unfortunately, the…

Teen Bride

Recently, I learned that April, (not her real name) a young woman in one of the communities we work in,…

Age of Consent

The Philippines is a complicated place for young people today. This is especially true when it comes to sexuality. Teenagers…

Why I Won’t be Voting for Duterte

I had thought that Rodrigo Duterte’s back-and-forth drama of will-he-or-won’t-he-run-for-president was over when he did not file his candidacy by…

Thanksgiving

Today, this last Thursday of November, Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving. The holiday was initially started in the 1600s to celebrate…

Vital Voices

I’m writing this article from Johannesburg, South Africa, where I’m part of a week-long training for women leaders organized by…

Katropa Training

  “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousafzai   Here in the Philippines,…

Laglag Bala Scam

Much has been written about the Laglag Bala or Tanim Bala scam being carried out at Ninoy Aquino International Airport…

Buntis in Balabac

Last week, we received an invitation from Philippine Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade Karen Ann A. Abulon, Assistant Chief of Staff…