Research Reports - Ala Tsamba: Buhay RH sa Payatas

The Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) completed a baseline survey among women of reproductive age (WRAs) in Payatas, considered as the poorest and one of the most populous in Quezon city.  Called Ala Tsamba: Buhay RH sa Payatas, the survey asked 621 women, or more than 10 percent of the households in the community, about their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights.


Ala tsambais an expression used by ordinary Filipinos when referring to the chances they take and their uncertain consequences. Ala tsamba also characterizes the chances young Filipinos and WRAs take when it comes to their reproductive health because of limited means and opportunities to fully achieve it. Ala tsamba is one compelling reason why the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be strongly implemented – so that every Filipino, especially poor women and young people, can enjoy their right to a healthy and productive life.


“We want to help address the RH needs of the women in Payatas. But there was very little data on them Supposedly may plano yung  barangay council on family planning pero hindi nila natapos. Although we know in theory what the RH needs of the women there because DSWP has been working with them for quite a while, we still need data to be able to come up with a comprehensive plan. This is the reason why we first had the survey,” explained Elizabeth Angsioco, DSWP’s executive director.

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