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A pilot project in a Nueva Vizcaya community is transforming male residents into responsible family men and advocates of population control BE IT IN THE CITY OR IN THE countryside, deliberately or not, many men in this country do not care about visiting medical clinics or health centers to refer health problems. More often than [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Special Reports

With the national government playing coy about family planning, Marikina decides to campaign on its own “THE CITY IN THE PINK of health.” With the way Marikina City has been living up to its image, it’s not surprising why it was chosen to host the celebration of National Family Planning (FP) Day last August. The [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Special Reports

The US will soon stop donations of contraceptives to Filipino communities. What now? NO MORE FREE CONDOMS OR PILLS FROM AMERICA. In a nutshell, this was the message last September 24 of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to a crowd gathered in Pasig City for the launching of the Metro Manila-based Family [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Special Reports

Call it the situation room, officials say of the monitoring center in Malacañang OFFICIALS WHO WILL RUN THE “WAR room” in Malacañang are touchy about the reference to their new office. Say the magic words—war room—and their faces contort into a grimace. They quickly correct you: it’s called the “situation room.” Never mind that the [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

After the Bali tragedy, Australia resumes its courtship of Southeast Asia THE BOMBINGS IN BALI, WHICH KILLED close to a hundred Australians, have put Australia back on the map of Southeast Asia, a region it has long wanted to be engaged in but has had mixed feelings about. Next to the United States and the [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

AUG. 1, 2000 STARTED AS AN ORDINARY WORKING day for me. As had been my habit in all posts I held, I went to the office early, riding in a not-so-new Mercedes Benz that was used by my predecessor. I was in my office [Philippine embassy in Jakarta] a few minutes before 8 a.m. and [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Hot Seat

Newspapers online are still in search of the Holy Grail, a business model that works IN 1997, ONLY FOUR PHILIPPINE NEWSPAPERS WERE ONLINE AND THEIR sites were primitive, unwieldy, and didn’t make money. Now, all the country’s major newspapers and broadcast stations are on the Internet. Their sites are professionally done, technically polished—and they’re still [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Media

With a stagnant readership, the country’s leading newspapers are in search of alternative markets AD PLACEMENTS ARE DOWN. READERSHIP IS NOT EXPANDING. THE market is harder to decipher. Readers are now picky with their specific needs. Printing costs continue to rise. What’s a newspaper to do? Take, for instance, Cori Guerrero, a division manager of [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Media

A multinational force hunts down suspects in the Bali bombing, the worst in Indonesia Who are responsible for the Bali tagedy? What is the motive? These two questions remain unanswered as authorities continue to interview witnesses and search for more evidence. So far, police have talked to 60 witnesses, including 15 probable suspects. The Western [...]

Posted on November 11, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

REYNALDO MARTINEZ, THE PHILIPPINE consulate general, was celebrating his 64″‘birthday on October 12, a Saturday, when a bomb was hurled at his office in Manado. Soon after the explosion, Martinez hurried to his office. The consulate’s four-by-three-meter front iron fence fell and its windows were broken. “This is certainly a terrorist’s act,” he said angrily. [...]

Posted on November 11, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

It’s about time the natural health industry got a shot in the arm AMPALAYA OR BITTER GOURD, CENTELLA ASIATICA, PAPAYA, SQUALENE. These are but some of the most famous plants, herbs, fruits, and fish extracts currently used in the natural health industry. Gone are the days when herbs and their medicinal or cosmetic application were [...]

Posted on November 11, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Business & Economy
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