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ARTICLE : PROMOTING WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

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“A woman with a voice is by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates Embracing the diversity, beauty, and strength of women, March marks the National Women’s Month and is part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day. It is said that Women’s Month is when we celebrate the achievements of women, but what signifies the importance of Women’s Month? Why is there a need to commemorate women in the first place? It is said that Women’s Month is when we celebrate the achievements of women, but what signifies the importance of Women’s Month? Why is there a need to commemorate women in the first place? Simply put, Women’s Month is celebrated to address gender inequality.  To think that women make up half of the world’s population, it is ironic that they represent one of the largest minorities spread across the globe. National Women’s Month challenges this stigma because…

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ARTICLE : WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN EDUCATION

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It is no secret that education has the potential to change lives. For one, it opens great opportunities for the youth and it cultivates their potentials. Education is one of the strongest predictors of employment as it continues to be the cornerstone of job preparation and empowerment. It is not only a way to attain success, but more importantly to escape poverty. Yet for millions of children and youth in low-income countries and poor communities, an education is beyond reach. According to the 2016 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), about 9% or 3.6 million of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth (OSCY) (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2018). Although the Philippines has had remarkable progress in expanding access to basic education, Education Data of 2016 shows that about half of Filipino students are struggling to complete basic education on time (The World Bank, 2018). An alarming spike of…

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Visit of French company Nutriset : Promoting healthy growth for children on FPUA rehabilitation sites

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While the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” (Republic Act 11148) has just been signed by President Duterte, FPUA had the pleasure of accompanying Nutriset on FPUA sites for an initial meeting with the communities of Daanbantayan and Bogo. The future of these communities is based on the good health of its individuals, particularly pregnant and lactating women, and young children. With the assistance of Nutriset, nutritional solutions can be provided for the “first 1000 days” period of the life covered by the Republic Act 11148. The term “first 1,000 days” refers to the period from conception to two years of the child. During this period, the child is particularly vulnerable not only because of his natural fragility and his dependence on adults but also because the environment around him, and sometimes the aggression, will influence his future health. The visit of Nutriset has confirmed the need of “first 1000…

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