Palawan’s HIV Problem

Two weeks ago I attended a two-day workshop as part of Puerto Princesa City’s Local AIDS Council. Mayor Lucilo Bayron…

Zika

The CNN broadcaster sounded so matter-of-fact, straight forward:  “So it only makes sense, if you live in Brazil, not to…

Fact or Fiction?

I was recently in a high school class in Puerto Princesa observing the Roots of Health teachers provide reproductive health…

Modern Contraception

My organization, Roots of Health provides free contraceptives to indigent women throughout Palawan. From chatting with friends in various sectors,…

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…