Month: February 2021

Senate panel to immediately probe ‘alarming’ rise in teenage pregnancies

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations will immediately probe the “alarming” rise in teenage pregnancies in the country, the panel’s chairman said Thursday. Senator Risa Hontiveros, chair of the committee, said several senators have filed separate resolutions calling for a Senate investigation into “alarming teen pregnancies.” She vowed that the matter …

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No matter the weather: Life as a solo mother

MANILA, Philippines — As a mother, the issues that exploded and reached my office early in 2020 really hit home. As we prepared for the 18th birthday party of my youngest daughter, I remembered Carina, the 15-year-old girl who was prostituted inside a Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) sex den. ADVERTISEMENT I recalled meeting 23-year-old …

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Hontiveros eyes incentives for LGUs to help raise funds for local programs

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday said she will propose provisions on the budget of the Department of Finance (DOF) to give incentives to local government units (LGUs) when they borrow from banks and financial lenders to help the national government in financing local projects. During the Senate deliberations on Monday, Hontiveros said she …

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Risa Hontiveros is impossible After she was systematically targeted at the height of the Philhealth scandal, we checked in with the Senator to talk about what it takes to keep going in a climate like today’s.

In 1972, she was six years old and inseparable from her cousins. During family reunions at her uncle’s house, the cousins would do their best to delay their journey home. They knew if they stayed past curfew, their families had to spend the night, and they could have a pajama party.  Outside her cousin’s room …

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Women should continue fight for equality – Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros urged Filipino women to continue fighting for equality as the country observes the National Women’s Month this March. Sen. Risa Hontiveros(Senator Risa Hontiveros / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) “Ngayong Buwan ng Kababaihan, tuloy ang ating laban para sa karapatan, kaunlaran, at pangarap ng mga Pilipina,” Hintoveros said in a statement Monday. (This …

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Senate bill seeks free 144 dialysis sessions for senior citizens

Sen. Risa Hontiveros. File photo / Screen grab from Senate PRIB MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill that would institutionalize free 144 dialysis sessions for Filipino senior citizens. Currently, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) covers 90 dialysis sessions, but Hontiveros said her bill would cover the complete 144 sessions needed …

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