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Mulat Pinoy: Pop Media Fellows announced


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Fellowship grants for media practitioners, now available
This program provides Filipino media with the opportunity to present a balanced view of population and development issues, through a discussion on intergenerational poverty, the development of human capital and the domino effect these factors have on the Filipino population.

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SRHR in the Perspective of Islam
The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) completed its PCPD-funded project entitled, "Alternative Streams: Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the Perspective of Islam".

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Kaleidoscopic
I am the son of Rizal. I am the daughter of Lapu-Lapu. Being one of the 88.7 million pairs of feet roaming around this scenic archipelago, I bear the name Filipino on my forehead. For nine months, my beloved mother carried me in her womb, nurturing the depth of my flesh with her purest love. I felt the warmth of her soul passing through my umbilical cord.

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Youth in Nation Development: A Challenge
With the ballooning population, the Philippines can take pride on its workforce of 35.9 million people, which is equivalent to 62% of the country’s population (with ages from 15 to 64 years old), considering that population is the most important resource and the measure of strength of a nation. However, it may also become a burden to the nation if the desired quality of life cannot be sustained due to imbalance between population size, growth, distribution and available resources.

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Winners, 2008 Essay Writing Competition on PopDev
This year’s winners of the Population and Development Essay Writing Competition, sponsored by the Bureau of Secondary Education-Department of Education and PCPD, are Charmaine R. Almendra (First Place) of the St. Mary’s University, Nueva Viscaya; Jan Nicole Datu (Second Place), Angeles City Science High School, Pampanga; and Karina Lei C. Relatado (Third Place), Digos City National Highschool, Davao del Sur.  They were awarded cash prizes and plaques on October 19,2008 in Tagbilaran City.  The winners and their coaches were also given the rare opportunity to witness the 2008 National Population Quiz and to tour Tagbilaran City in Bohol.   According to Charmaine, her winning essay “Kaleidoscopic” is about freedom and responsibility among the youth.  She said, the country, like a kaleidoscope, has undergone various changes – many of these changes are brought about by the decisions and actions of the past generations.  Therefore, she challenged the youth today to correct the mistakes of the past by ensuring that they do something about overpopulation and food shortage.   Jan Nicole wrote her essay “Youth Matters” to encourage the youth to share their views on issues such as adolescent reproductive health.  She said, “If the youth population bulge is not addressed today, its consequences will negate all future efforts to improve and develop this country.”    Karina’s essay “Youth in Nation Development: A Challenge” is about training the youth and tapping them in policy-making to help solve the problem of overpopulation and poverty.   The three winners of the essay contest are all third year high school students.  They share the same passion for writing, and they all want to finish school and become responsible adults.   See the winning entries in the Features section of this website)    (Photos (L-R): Karina Lei, Charmaine, and Jan Nicole)

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RH ROCKS! Concert Dec 9, QC Circle
The country's hottest rock bands and veteran performers will gather for a free concert in support of the immediate passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill on the eve of Human Rights Day, December 9, 2008, Tuesday at the Liwasang Aurora, QC Memorial Circle (fronting Philcoa and Commonwealth Ave) from 6 pm to 12 midnight.

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NFP, Failure in Payatas


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Dr. Mercedes B. Concepcion Named as National Scientist
Dr. Concepcion receives the highest honor which the Philippine Government can bestow to a Filipino scientist for his/her outstanding contributions to science and technology.  

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Kabataan News Network Shares Stories on PopDev
To view their PopDev videos and photos, visit: http://www.kabataannews.com/themes.php

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