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?
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
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
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
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
We have a heavy problem with obesity and taxation isn’t the answer. Obesity is one of the major risk factors for a number of chronic, non-communicable diseases including the top leading causes or morbidity and mortality in the Philippines (i.e. diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases)1,2. In 2016, 22.3% of Filipino adults above the age of … Continue reading Sugar taxation: revenue or health?
From an economic perspective, the production of public goods can lead to a market failure. A market fails when the free market economy does not achieve efficient results. Such failure can be attributed to the free-rider problem. A public good has a classic free-rider problem because of its two characteristics: non-excludability and non-rivalry. A good … Continue reading Free-rider Problem in the Philippine Health Care System