September 2014

This paper looks into the issues that make MDG unattainable by 2015. It also tackles the neoliberal policy like privatization that further impedes the welfare of women and children, particularly on health and education.

Introduction: the MDG commitment

In September 2000, the Philippine government agreed, together with 189 member states of the United Nations (UN), to track progress in the attainment of the eight goals and 18 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) over the period 1990 to 2015.

Now with less than 500 days before the deadl...


Throughout the world, the Philippines has been regarded as one of the best places for women, based from the results of the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index. The Philippines ranked 5th, three levels higher than in 2012 and highest in the Asia Pacific. It even surpassed many developed countries such as United Kingdom, Canada, France and the United States.

Alongside with this, the Aquino government boasts of the rising econonomy, the 7.2% growth in the gross domestic product (GDP), using as basis the 33% increase in foreign domestic investments and the Philippin...


Lighting Lanterns to Honor Women Human Rights Defenders

29 November 2014

A single light can start a beam of hope for justice. Thus, on the 29th of November, Filipino women will light lanterns as symbolic act to call for justice for all women human rights defenders in Southeast Asia who are threatened, harassed, abused, abducted, or even killed.

Particularly in the Philippines, women who defend their rights as well as their communities endure the havoc caused by state repression. Student activists Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan are still missing. Juvy Campion was murdered because she was opposing the large scale mining in her indigenous community. There are 204 cases of extra-judicial killings since 2010 and 21 of them are women.

Student activist Maricon Montajes is still in jail. Two activist-mothers - Andrea Rosal...

Corruption deprives women of services –CWR

July 28, 2014

Poor women and their families could have benefited from the reported Php144 billion of the questionable disbursement acceleration program (DAP), according to a research and training institution for women, the Center for Women's Resources (CWR).

“Each centavo transferred to DAP deprives a poor family of health service,” explains Jojo Guan, CWR executive director.

CWR estimates that the Php144 billion DAP funds could have provided women and children with the following health services: vaccination for four million babies which includes 5-in-1, MMR, Hepa-B, rotavirus, varicella @ P11,000 each; one year salary of 60,000 doctors @ P40,000 and 178,000 nurses @P25,000 per month; purchase of 1,000 fetal monitors @P328,000 each; purchase of 1,000 ultrasound...