Before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, we want to pose a question to all constituents: do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. In the Philippine political arena, the name Magsaysay is blue blood. But unlike other local political families, it represents humility and integrity. While he is political royalty, former Senator Ramon “Jun’’ Magsaysay did not sit on his family’s laurels. Instead he made his own legacy, and took the path less travelled when it was easier to just give in to pressure. Armed with impressive credentials and an untainted reputation, Magsaysay took on Senate investigations that a lesser equipped lawmaker … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
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The two-storey structure used to be an old prison known as the Yan Lone Kyan Correctional Facility. It now serves as a treatment centre for dozens of local drug dependents from the town and the surrounding areas within the Kokang Self-Administered Region. During a visit by the Myanmar Times to the facility, a small group of men gathered in front of the steps of the rundown building, as the sun set behind the surrounding mountains and hills in the area. “While I was using drugs near ward No.1, Kokang police caught me red-handed. I had to stay for two days in a detention cell and then I was transferred here for rehabilitation,” said 35-year old Yone Chan, one of the inhabitants of the centre. He is an ethnic Kokang who speaks a little Myanmar language. He used to be a photographer before he sank into drugs that eventually forced him to become a dealer so he could sustain his addiction. It all started just for fun, Yone Chan recalled; popping a pill or two during … [Read more...] about Arduous struggle back to a normal life for drug addicts
Jaeni sits cross legged on the floor of her small, dimly lit living room. Her two daughters —aged 14 and 12 — sit across from her. Between the three is a steadily growing pile of shoe insoles. The smell of glue is thick in the air. Only a small fan in the corner gives some respite from the fumes and the stifling heat of the North Jakarta afternoon. The three work quickly, their hands a flurry of movement as they glue together insoles for two well-known footwear brands. The youngest is yet to change out of her primary school uniform. Jaeni and her daughters are homeworkers – one of the most vulnerable and least acknowledged groups of workers in Indonesia and throughout the region. Most homeworkers — the vast majority of whom are women — work without job security, far removed from occupational health and safety standards and for payment that is often well below a living wage. Currently there are no regulations in Indonesia that explicitly recognize or … [Read more...] about Home-based workers: One pay check for entire family
When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
Cancer Control Act renews hope of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates MANILA, Philippines — Cancer need not be an automatic death sentence anymore.” This was one of the messages highlighted during the recent National Cancer Patient and Survivors Congress held at the AFP Theatre in Camp Aguinaldo, QC. The future of cancer care, to be shaped by the newly-enacted National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA), renewed hope and optimism for the hundreds of cancer patients and survivors who attended the congress, together with caregivers, healthcare providers and patient advocates. “Cancer patients need to know that there are people fighting with them,” said Paul Perez, founder of Project: Brave Kids, Inc. and president of Cancer Coalition Philippines, the driving force behind NICCA. Perez emphasized that the patient voice was the most important aspect considered in the NICCA and this should be the same for its implementation. … [Read more...] about Cancer Control Act renews hope of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates