NEDA-Caraga for an HIV-free Philippines

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – Caraga Region in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) – Caraga conducted HIV Testing and Counseling to 23 NEDA employees on March 15, 2016 in recognition of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This is a landmark initiative for NEDA Caraga as it is the first continue reading

Why do mothers die

Excerpts from the State of the Philippine Population Report 6 Most maternal deaths in the country are caused by severe medical complications that occur either before, during, or immediately after childbirth. The Department of Health (DOH) Philippine Health Statistics stated that 34% of maternal deaths were caused by hypertensive conditions that complicated pregnancy and childbirth, continue reading

Caraga Regional Development Council endorses Joint Memorandum to mainstream social protection in local planning

The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed DILG-DSWD JMC# 1 series of 2015, “Enjoining All Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities to Use the Social Protection (SP) Handbook for Local Planning, Implementing, Monitoring, and Evaluating SP Programs” through Resolution No. 45-D, series of 2015 last December 8, 2015 during its 86th Full Council Meeting. Social protection (SP) continue reading

Rethinking GDP as a measure of economic progress

GDP or gross domestic product is the widely adopted standard means of measuring national economies since 1944. American Simon Kuznets developed it in 1934 but warned against its use as a measure of welfare. True enough, criticisms begun in the 1950s from GDPs failure to account for health, happiness, and other elements of social progress. continue reading

Understanding safety nets: The case of 4Ps

One of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 1 is for governments to implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable. The 4Ps or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was created as part of the Philippine government’s social protection continue reading