GAD News Feed for January 2 - 8, 2016


January 2 - 8, 2016

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PS/January 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Marichu A. Villanueva

Public health politics

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dra. Janet Garin was our featured guest last Wednesday in the first Kapihan sa Manila Bay for 2016 … On a sour note, Garin disclosed having found out only last Monday that P1 billion of DOH budget this year was removed at the bicameral conference committee level, the so-called third chamber of Congress. She was told the P1-billion cut was taken from the budget for family planning and transferred to other government agencies. As one of the principal authors of the controversial Reproductive Health Law (RH) while she was still in Congress, Garin rued the budget cut amid the projected increase of two million more Filipino babies to be added to the country’s population this year. The Population Commission (PopCom), an agency under the DOH, recently reported the baby boom will increase the country’s population from the current 102.4 million to 104 million by the end of this year.

PDI/January 8, 2016/ News/ Maila Ager

Santiago ‘appalled’ at P1B cut in RH allocations


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she was “appalled” at the P1 billion cut in the Reproductive Health (RH) allocations in the 2016 budget. “When I am president, I shall work to fully and conscientiously implement the Reproductive Health Law,” Defensor-Santiago, who is running for president in May, said in a statement on Friday. “I am therefore appalled at the cut on reproductive health allocations in the 2016 budget. It is irreconcilable that Congress, which enacted the RH Law after much hardship in 2012, would three years later render that same law inutile,” she said.

PDI/January 8, 2016/ Opinion/ Rina Jimenez-David

Another roadblock

Despite the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law in 2012, and surviving a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court in 2014, barricades continue to be raised against the implementation of the law by the Department of Health. The latest roadblock was set up just last month, when the DOH budget for 2016 was passed, but with the allocation for contraceptives scrapped by a bicameral conference committee.

MB/January 8, 2016/ News/ PNA

Legarda explains P1-B budget cut for RH services


Senator Loren Legarda defended on Friday the P1-billion cut in the Reproductive Health (RH) allocations in the P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016. “The cut of P1 billion for the Department of Health’s (DOH) family health and responsible parenting (FHRP) was a source for the increases in other agencies, including for the Department of National Defense’s (DND) air assets upgrading, which is timely and equally important given the West Philippine Sea issue,” Legarda said in a press statement Legarda said part of the slashed budget for reproductive health services was also used for the increase in the state universities and colleges (SUCs) budget. She said a portion of the P1 billion was also realigned within DOH to provide for the health facilities and medical assistance to indigent patients.

MB/January 8, 2016/ News/ Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

UN agency: Without funding on contraceptives, RH law will be ‘ineffective’

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday expressed its concern over the non-inclusion of funding for contraceptives in the country’s 2016 national budget.  “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law has solidified the foundation of reproductive health and rights in the Philippines, but without funding for contraceptives, an essential element of any family planning program, the law will be ineffective,” UNFPA Country Representative Klaus Beck said.

BW/January 7, 2016/ Labor/ Reuters

Wage gap could drive women’s depression, anxiety, study finds

NEW YORK -- The US wage gap could be making women ill, says a new study showing women with lower incomes than their male counterparts are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

BM/January 7, 2016/ Opinion/ Jeannie E. Javelosa

A woman VP

WE’VE had our fair share of woman leaders in the country, having had two woman presidents to date. This year, we vote once more for the officials of the land. But as a woman, I have the added question: What is your agenda and programs for women?

TS/January 7, 2016/ Provinces/ Mel Caspe

PopCom says informed choice key to RH success

The Commission on Population in Eastern Visayas emphasizes informed choice and voluntarism to ensure  quality in the delivery of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning programs and services, an official said.  PopCom-8 Regional Director Elnora R. Pulma said this is part of the government’s reproductive health agenda and as espoused in the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.

PDI/January 7, 2016/ News/ Jocelyn R. Uy

P1B for free contraceptives of poor couples removed from 2016 budget – DOH


Poor Filipino couples in need of artificial contraceptives will not be getting any in health centers this year after the Senate allegedly struck off the P1 billion budget allotted for family planning commodities for 2016, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

MB/January 6, 2016/ World/ AP

Woman gets a top post in Zimbabwe’s air force


A woman has broken through the glass ceiling of a high-flying profession in Zimbabwe: the air force.

Ellen Chiweshe, whose title was group captain, has been promoted to become the southern African country’s first female Air Commodore, the No. 3 post in the air force. Chiweshe, has broken through the glass ceiling of a high-flying profession in Zimbabwe: the air force.  Ellen Chiweshe, whose title was group captain, has been promoted to become the southern African country's first female Air Commodore, the No. 3 post in the air force. The state-run Herald newspaper reported Chiweshe’s new rank in Tuesday’s edition, which included a photograph of Air Force Commander Perrance Shiri fitting a hat onto her head as part of a promotion ceremony. The newspaper quotes Chiweshe as saying: “It was a man’s world and it was difficult to break in.”

BW/January 6, 2016/ Nation/ AFP

Despite RH Law, Garin confirms budget for contraceptives scrapped

THE LEGISLATURE in the mainly Catholic Philippines has eliminated the government’s budget for contraceptives, the Department of Health (DoH) said Wednesday, despite a law mandating the state to provide them to the poor.

Health Secretary Janette L. Garin has confirmed the department’s 2016 budget for contraceptives was scrapped when it passed through Congress, the department’s press office said.

MB/January 5, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials/ Florangel Rosario Braid

Tandang Sora’s legacy of courage, compassion

The 204th birth anniversary of Melchora Aquino, one of the famous heroines in Philippine history, is observed on January 6. She is the popular “Tandang Sora,” the endearing name given to her by Filipino revolutionaries because despite her advancing age – 84 and already widowed when the Philippine revolution broke out – she bravely joined them in the struggle for the cause of freedom.

MB/January 5, 2016/ Business/ AFP

Mary Barra named GM chair in new first for a woman in US


New York – General Motors (GM) chief executive Mary Barra was named chair of the automaker on Monday, smashing yet another gender ceiling in the US auto industry. The GM board of directors unanimously elected Barra to its helm, and she will remain CEO, the largest US automaker announced … Barra, a GM career veteran, became chief executive on January 15, 2014, the first female CEO of any major automaker. At the time, feminists criticized that she was not also made chair, as had been customary for her male predecessors.

PS/January 3, 2016/ The Freeman

Senatorial bet pushes longer maternity leave

A Liberal Party senatorial candidate is pushing for a longer maternity leave especially for single working mothers. Risa Hontiveros, a former PhilHealth director, called for an expanded maternity leave also for women workers, providing working mothers with maternity leave benefits equivalent to 120 days with full pay regardless if it is through normal delivery or caesarian. For single mothers, Hontiveros is pushing for 180 days maternity leave.

PS/January 3, 2016/ Lifestyle

Tesoro’s launches Great Women Brand

Tesoro’s celebrated another milestone as they capped off the year-long celebration of their 70th anniversary with the launch of the “Great Women Brand (GWB)” last Nov. 9 at Tesoro’s main store located at 1016 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. It was a night of cocktails and talks by featured designers that was well-attended by family, friends and the media as they witnessed Tesoro’s efforts to move the Philippine craft story forward and show how the company is innovating.

TS/January 5, 2016/ Main Stories

DoH alarmed by population surge

WITH the population of the Philippines forecast to reach 104 million by this year, the Department of Health expressed concern it will need an additional P3 billion to P4 billion to fund the government’s P6-billion immunization program. Health Secretary Janette Garin described as a huge challenge the Commission on Population projection that around 1.5-million babies are expected to be born this year by 23-million women, aged 15 to 49, who are of reproductive age. With this surge from the current population of 102.4 million, PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III said the country will probably have the “biggest number of women of reproductive age that we will ever see, at 25 to 30 million” in five to 10 years.

TS/January 4, 2016/ Lifestyle

DKNY partners with New Museum to support women artists

New Museum, one of the first contemporary art museums established in New York since the Second World War, partners with fashion house DKNY to support exhibitions by five women artists this coming year.  The partnership, entitled The New Women’s Project, amplifies the art institution’s longstanding and ongoing advocacy for women artists as a hallmark of its mission over the past 38 years. The collaboration between the fashion house and the museum is appropriate considering that both were founded by women. Donna Karan founded DKNY in the 1980s while Marcia Tucker founded New Museum on January 1, 1977.

PS/January 4, 2016/ The Freeman/ Ma. Fatima R. Secuya/NSA

Domestic violence, ‘crimes of passion’ mar last year

Last year also saw some gruesome killings in Cebu, with most of them done reportedly out of hatred towards family members, relatives, spouses, or lovers, and even mere acquaintances. Three days before Valentine’s Day, security guard Kenneth Bersales, 34, lost his plans to have a family date after he shot his wife when he saw her with another man inside a KTV bar in Sitio Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

PS/January 4, 2016/ Opinion/ Lila Ramos Shahani

Policing and the protection of women and children

The WCPC is one of the five divisions under the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management. The division initially only handled cases related to violence against women and children. But, following a November 2014 National Police Commission resolution, the WCPC was strengthened and restructured to also investigate and enforce anti-trafficking in persons laws. So in addition to violence against women and children cases, their duties now include investigation, counter-intelligence, surveillance and operations in trafficking cases, as well as computer-based investigation of prostitution of children.

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News article brief/URL access January 8, 2016/ Jee Y. Geronimo

Health chief: No allocation for contraceptives in 2016 DOH budget

Almost two years after the reproductive health (RH) law was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court, the controversial measure faces a new challenge: there is no allocation for contraceptives in the 2016 budget. Health Secretary Janette Garin said the 2016 budget for contraceptives was removed during the deliberations of the Senate and House bicameral conference committee.

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UN Women/ January 8, 2016

iKNOW Politics launches e-discussion on women, peace and security in the Arab region

iKNOW Politics, an interactive online network of women in politics who share experiences, resources, advice and collaborate on issues of interest, has launched an e-discussion on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security in the Arab region.

IPS News/ January 4, 2016

2015 – A Giant Leap for Womankind (Part 2)

UNITED NATIONS - Against the backdrop of escalating extremism and conflict globally, 2015 also marked the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security (WPS ) with a Global Study and Review on its effective implementation strongly addressing the impact of conflict on women and their essential role in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peace building. The landmark UNSC resolution 2242 (October 2015) calls for effective and accelerated implementation of the WPS Agenda by all actors.


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Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015–2018 including focus areas for 2016

This action plan sets the direction of feminist foreign policy action to be taken by the Foreign Service, guided by six long-term objectives. These are broad objectives to match broad challenges, cover the entire global agenda and bring the whole gamut of foreign policy tools into play.