Advocate for equal pay for both government and private sector nurses

This is in response to Maristela Abenojar’s letter titled “Pass law on nurses’ minimum base pay” (Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion, 14 October 2019). I am one with the Filipino Nurses United (FNU) in their call for higher wages for nurses in both the public and private sectors. However, pushing for a P30,000 minimum base pay … Continue reading Advocate for equal pay for both government and private sector nurses

Pen Point 40

Will it be possible for current health informations systems (HIS) to be integrated into a national health information system? How can existing health information systems in the Philippines be harmonized into a single system without violating data privacy and confidentiality? Currently, the Philippines has a fragmented health information system where health institutions across the country … Continue reading Pen Point 40

Bakit tayo ‘baliw na baliw’ sa research?

To our dismay, Senator Cynthia Villar’s comment on the Department of Agriculture’s proposed budget for research reflects many people’s poor understanding of the value of research in policy making and in the country’s quest for sustainable development. Research produces valuable impact on society. It provides evidence to support or improve practice, in this case, farming. … Continue reading Bakit tayo ‘baliw na baliw’ sa research?

Pen Point 39

The procurement policies and procedures of the government are not flexible which makes them economically inefficient. Sometimes, this inflexibility becomes a barrier given the varied choices now made available to the market, difficulty in standardizing the specifications of materials to be procured, and the fragmented nature of the market. These guidelines are set to standardize … Continue reading Pen Point 39

Reproductive Health in the Philippines: An Ecological Analysis

Faced by the challenges of a growing population and rapid urbanization, the Philippines has inconsistently acted on issues of population control and reproductive health. Some previous policies on reproductive health and population control where “conservative” and reflective of the Catholic Church’s position on family planning. Under the Arroyo administration, government policy on family planning focused … Continue reading Reproductive Health in the Philippines: An Ecological Analysis

Urban health in the Philippines: a reflection of poverty-related health inequities

Urbanization is rapidly increasing around the world. Data from the United Nations (UN) estimate that by 2050, the world’s population will exceed nine billion, and 67% of which will live in urban areas. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) believes that half of the world’s population live in cities. Sadly, this proportion is irreversibly growing … Continue reading Urban health in the Philippines: a reflection of poverty-related health inequities

Promote TACM to achieve UHC

More than twenty years after the enactment of the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA), the Philippines has not adequately expanded the credibility and integration of traditional, alternative, and complementary medicine (TACM), especially herbal medicine, into the country’s health system. In particular, the ten DOH-approved herbal plants in the Philippines have not received adequate attention … Continue reading Promote TACM to achieve UHC