October 11, 2010
H.E. Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President of the Philippines
Dear Mr. President,
In 1994, the Philippines joined 178 other nations in Cairo, Egypt for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The conference put the individual’s rights and needs at the center of its 20-year Programme of Action rather than achieving demographic targets. Nations also agreed that population and sustainable development are inextricably linked and committed to save the lives of women who die unnecessarily during pregnancy and childbirth. It advocated to make family planning universally available by 2015.
Ms. Loida Nicolas Lewis joins the list of Eminent Persons of The Forum. Her conferment was held on 15 January 2010 at the Meralco Lighthouse. The event was attended by the Eminent Persons and other key people behind The Forum.
Ms. Loida Nicolas Lewis is Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, the Lewis family private investment firm, and Chairman of TLC Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation for investment in Asia…
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) February 2009 Special Survey in Parañaque City shows that majority of the people from the city favor reproductive health and family planning. 86% say that the government of Parañaque should have a policy on reproductive health and family planning while 87% agree that government should provide free supplies or service to the poor…
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted a study on December 27-28, 2009 among 600 men and women of reproductive age in six Districts of Manila. The study entitled “SWS December 2008 Special Omnibus Survey on General Health in Manila (MLA 12-08)” sighted that…
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The Forum for Family Planning and Development join hands with other NGOS in expressing our strong support for the urgent passage of the bill on Reproductive Health. The measure goes beyond its purpose of improving reproductive health and implementing a nationwide program on family planning as it creates a path towards a sound economic policy that will improve the lives of millions of Filipino households.
Taking a new approach in expanding our network of media partners to include independent filmmakers, The Forum launched the Cine-Indie for MDG on April 17, 2009. The Cine-Indie for MDG is a national short film competition that called on Filipino independent filmmakers to put their talents to the test and channel their passion for a good cause by creating films with the MDGs as guiding theme. There were 3 categories: Feature, Animation, and Documentary, and in either Film or Digital format. A total of 31 entries were received and 23 passed the initial screening by the Board of Judges. Six (6) were declared winners by the Board of Judges.
The art exhibit ina/ani: (re)presenting women in the age of crisis ran from July 11 – 14, 2009 at The Podium. The exhibit featured the art works of Rameer Tawasil (Mindanao), Joseph Firmeza (Iloilo), Rishab Tibon (Baguio) and Romeo Rosete (Baguio). Their works exemplified the growing awareness and consciousness of male artists regarding the plight of women in society and their common solidarity to change existing forms of oppression and marginalization. The exhibit was also part of the celebration of World Population Day.
The year 2009 brought many challenges to the campaign for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill. Opposition to the bill persisted but the sectors supporting its passage showed their unwavering commitment by joining in full force to the various activities held to raise public awareness on family planning and reproductive health.