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The march for Women’s Health

Yellow Pad By Viviane Apostol and Carlos Jacinto   “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,” according to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General. By breaking barriers in fields that were exclusive to men such as education and science, the pioneering efforts of women all over the world have led […]

Realizing universal health care through sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng   As May elections draw near, legislators are faced with the daunting task of reflecting upon — and marketing — their legacies. Two candidates of note are Senator Sonny Angara and Senator JV Ejercito, both of whom authored bills instituting universal health care in the Philippines. President Duterte signed Republic […]

What the Philippine Coast Guard now needs

Yellow Pad By Jay Tristan Tarriela The role of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in development has not been fully articulated. This essay attempts to show why it is necessary to provide budgetary support for the PCG, but it is equally important to determine where the priorities should be. It was during the early US […]

Justice for all

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta Ana III   Growing old, we like to meet old friends. We “junior senior citizens” (a term coined by Nenette, a college friend of my late wife Mae) enjoy the luxury of time to get together for coffee or dinner. But in the case of Fides (our friendship dating […]

UHC-Tobacco Tax, an #AlagangAngara Legacy?

Yellow Pad By Rio Henri Aquino Dayao   The bill to substantially increase the tobacco tax has gained momentum. President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet have certified as urgent Senate Bill 1599, sponsored by Senator Manny Pacquiao, which will increase the current rate of tobacco tax from P35 to P60. Senators JV Ejercito and Wyn […]