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

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Issues with equity have influenced health care for many years. Equity, in the context of social health insurance such as the Philippines’ Philhealth, means access of the whole population to a package of health services by paying an affordable contribution, and sometimes no contribution at all (for senior citizens and indigents). Philhealth can improve access … Continue reading Pen Point 35

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 4)

POLICY EVALUATION Evidence is one factor that influence policy-making and this can be generated through research. Research is a scientific process designed to produce new knowledge to improve the understanding of the world or to explain a phenomenon. It has substantially contributed to this policy in many ways at various stages of the policy cycle. … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 4)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 3)

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION Principal-Agent Approach The policy uses the principal-agent approach of implementation where the government has mandated its various agencies to implement the law in various capacities. Other than the DOH, several government agencies are also given mandates for purposes of the implementation of this law. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is mandated to … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 3)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 2)

POLICY FORMULATION To analyze the process of policy formulation, the policy triangle framework of Walt and Gilson, which includes the policy context, content, process and actors, is applied. Policy Context The policy process of tobacco control in the Philippines was influenced by both international and local contextual factors. Contextual factors that shaped tobacco control policies … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 2)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 1)

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 POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 1)