Today, I am thankful

Today, I am thankful. Today, I thank the Lord for His blessings. Blessings He has freely given without me asking. Today, I thank Neil for his patience, understanding and unending love. Love that goes beyond reason. Today, I thank my family for their continued support, guidance, and the values we share. Values that make-up the … Continue reading Today, I am thankful

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Actor Position, Interest, and Power: A Stakeholder Analysis of a Tobacco Control Policy in the Philippines

Introduction The eminent threat posed by smoking remains to be a global concern. Despite the relative decline in smoking prevalence among Filipinos, the Philippines still has high morbidity and mortality rates of tobacco-related diseases. The passage of Republic Act No. 10643 or the Graphic Health Warnings Law brought a new light in the Philippines’ tobacco … Continue reading Actor Position, Interest, and Power: A Stakeholder Analysis of a Tobacco Control Policy in the Philippines

Policy Context of the Philippines’ GHW Law: Impact and Implications to the Policy Process

The introduction of tobacco control to the policy agenda of the Philippines was influenced by both international and local contextual factors. Grindle and Thomas (as cited in Koduah, van Dijk, & Agyepong, 2015) described context as including the structure of society, historical experiences, economic and political conditions, as well as individual characteristics of policy actors. … Continue reading Policy Context of the Philippines’ GHW Law: Impact and Implications to the Policy Process

Tobacco Control in the Philippines: The Enactment of the Graphic Health Warnings Law

INTRODUCTION Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats in the world and the largest single cause of preventable deaths. Globally, it kills more than seven million a year with more than six million of those deaths attributable to direct tobacco use. Around 80% of smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries … Continue reading Tobacco Control in the Philippines: The Enactment of the Graphic Health Warnings Law

Towards universal health coverage and sustainable development

Forty years after the landmark Alma-Ata Declaration, gross inequities in health status across socio-economic classes remain apparent in the Philippines. The implementation of primary health care (PHC), dubbed as the key to achieving “health for all”, is deemed insufficient and uneven within the country making universal health coverage (UHC) far from reality. On 25-26 October … Continue reading Towards universal health coverage and sustainable development

New beginning

More than just professional growth, it is the idea of bringing about relevant change in the nursing profession and the healthcare delivery system that primarily motivates me to pursue graduate studies. I have been working in the hospital for almost two years now and it has occurred to me that my experience as a bedside … Continue reading New beginning