We heard that a sewer in our barangay Sicat, who is a sister in law of our domestic worker, lost her sewing machine and had become out of job for a year. Her sawing machine was rental and the owner took it back from her.
We sought for a good working second hand sawing machine and bought one for her. Since it was not informed to her, she was surprised when the sawing machine was given to her. She could not believe that she could have it with no payment attached. We explained that it is better to give a fishing rod than giving fish.
Since the sawing machine is from Japan, a voltage transformer was also included in the donation.
We temporarily set it up in her small table and tested the machine.
On April 18, 2016, the members of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) along with barangay Luksuhin captain Cynthia and the councilors held a monthly meeting at the barangay hall of barangay Luksuhin, Alfonso, Cavite.
Topics included analysis of children’s (0-17 years old) statistics collected in 2015 and the method of survey on the same statistics this year in barangay Luksuhin.
Dra. Manzo, the municipal health director, stated that DOH (the Department of Health) will begin distributing sub-dermal contraceptive implants if the Supreme Court removes the temporary restraining order, which may happen in August.
If the temporary restraining order is removed, all the women in this country will be benefited by receiving free birth control implants which is said to be effective for two years or more at each barangay/municipal health center.
The Supreme Court in July 2015 issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the DOH from “procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing or administering, advertising, and promoting” contraceptive implants after Alliance of the Family Foundation Philippines Inc. (ALFI) appealed to ban the product for its alleged “abortifacient” side effects.
More than P860 million earmarked for the procurement of contraceptive implants was cut from the 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
On March 28, 2016, a LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) meeting was held at the barangay hall of Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite. (A part of the construction cost and materials of the barangay hall were contributed by AWH.)
Since LCPC’s aims include protection of women and children, AWH as a member of LCPC made an announcement that FriendlyCare now provides free hormonal implant as a contraceptive, instead of bilateral tubal ligation (BTL). FriendlyCare has been funded by UN Population Fund and previously provided free BTL. However, since UN replaced BTL method with hormonal implant, FriendlyCare follows the direction. When 60-100 women who are willing to receive the service gathered, FriendlyCare can dispatch health professionals to conduct free hormonal implants. Since the hormonal implant has not been approved by the Filipino Government yet, it cannot be conducted at government facilities but can be at any private rooms. Barangay Sicat health workers were interested and with a concent of municipal health officer Dr. Manzo, they were willing to assemble for free implant. It is said that for most of the women implant is effective for approximately 3 years.