Health education urged with rising HIV-AIDS

 

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By Rose de la Cruz 

The United Nation Programme on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS said the Philippines had the fastest growing human immunodeficiency virus epidemic in the Asia Pacific region with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections for the past six years or from 4,300 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2016.

In 2016, it said, 83 percent of new HIV cases occurred among males who have sex with males (MSM) and transgender women who have sex with males (TGW). Majority of these infections were reported among 15-24 year old MSM and TGW. 

Condom…

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By Rose de la Cruz

 

In the aftermath of the six-month long battle between government forces and ISIS-led Maute group, which left many dead and injured but tens of thousands without a home, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Partylist, urged the government to exert efforts to convince the residents of Marawi that it is not the enemy but the Maute-ISIS.

 

Herrera-Dy who chairs the house committee on public information said the best way to communicate this message is to rebuild their homes and local economy for free or nearly free.

 

Here in Congress, some of my colleagues have proposed viable solutions.

 

But she suggested the inclusion of many Maranaws and barangay and community leaders as members of the Marawi Recovery Commission.

 

They must share ownership of the recovery process because it cannot work without them. It is participatory recovery that we need, she said.

 

Read more: Convince Marawi residents that govt. is not the enemy

Govt. eyes ‘single window’ approach for business

By Rose de la Cruz

Reacting to the most recent study on Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank which showed the Philippines’ rank slipping from 99th to 113th (of 190 member economies), the National Economic and Development Authority assured the business community that efforts are being made to fast track reforms to further enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

Read previous story: Legislator disappointed by WB rating of the Philippines

In a press release, NEDA Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the government is now pushing the “single window approach” instead of the “one stop shop” of…

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Our sorry state

 

By Rose de la Cruz 

Change has come, for the worse, in our streets, in our people’s minds and in how we conduct ourselves every minute of every day. And this makes people like me-- who choose not to get embroiled in arguments by correcting people when they do wrong-- very disappointed at how we, as a people and as a nation have and continue to deteriorate. 

Walking through Medina Street in Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati just hours ago, I could not help but cover my nose with the piles of uncollected garbage, and even fresh and dried…

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N. Ecija mega drug center is truly a mistake

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

As with most mega structures—except for roads and bridges—the mega drug rehabilitation and treatment center in Laur, Nueva Ecija built out of the generosity of a Chinese businessman is completely a mistake and impractical because of its high maintenance.

 

Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Dionisio Santiago, who was formerly with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, is most competent in his assessment about the 100,000-sq.m. Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Laur, as he knows how splintered and scattered the drug problem is.

 

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Santiago said the…

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