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Young, poor and pregnant: Teen mums in the Philippines

While teen pregnancy rates in most countries are declining, numbers are rising in the Philippines. by Mary Ann Jolley 24 Jan 2018  http://www.aljazeera.com      Hundreds of thousands of girls in the Philippines give birth when they’re just teenagers [Al Jazeera] Puerto Princesa, the Philippines – Angela was just 14 the first time she got pregnant. Her boyfriend was 19, and it was her first sexual experience. “I wanted to cry; I was pushing him away. But he said he would take responsibility and that he loved me,” she says. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but Angela is now a…

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Why Are There So Many Filipino Nurses?

Valerie Caulin Updated: 4 December 2017 The Culture Trip From Chicago to London, you are bound to find Filipino nurses working in hospitals across the globe. It comes as no surprise, as The Philippines is the largest exporter of nurses in the world – out of the 2.2 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), 25% commit their lives to caring for others. The Colonial Connection The high influx of Filipino nurses in highly developed countries actually has a deep historical background. Under the 1898 Treaty of Paris, the United States of America acquired many Spanish colonies including the Philippines. Under the Americans,…

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Philippines Still Tops In Gender Equality In Asia But Falls 3 Notches In World Ranking

By Gaea Katreena Cabico Philstar.com November 2, 2017   The Philippines maintained its status of having the narrowest gender gap in Asia but fell three places in the world ranking, according to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index. According to the annual report of the World Economic Forum released November 2, the country dipped to 10th place this year from seventh place last year. It got a score of 0.790. The Philippines also ceded its position as the highest performer in the East Asia and the Pacific region to New Zealand, which scored 0.791. “A worsening performance on the wage…

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: One out of three Filipino families escaped poverty; One out of eight families fell into poverty

By Social Weather Stations Jan 19, 2018 SWS media release The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, done on December 8-16, 2017, found that 31% of Filipino families, or about one out of three, escaped poverty (17% usually non-poor, 14% newly non-poor). It also found that 12% of Filipino families, or about one out of eight, fell into poverty (6% usually poor, 6% newly poor) [Chart 1, Table 1]. The December 2017 survey found that of the 56% Self-Rated Non-Poor families, 25% have never experienced poverty (“always non-poor”). The 31% who transitioned out of poverty consists of 17% who used to be…

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Birthing Beliefs in the Philippines

By Amy Wilde, Demand Media Many Filipino women put great care into their appearance while pregnant, believing that this will make their baby more beautiful. Traditional culture in the Philippines puts a very high value on the family — and motherhood in particular. The birth of a baby is not just a private affair for one couple or family; it is a culturally significant event to be celebrated by the whole community. In the Philippines, pregnancy, birth and the time period after is surrounded by a wide variety of beliefs, traditional practices and rituals that involve both mother and infant….

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