3 June 2019
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Ms. Bedla and midwife Ms. Ruanto at the San Roque health centre. © UNFPA Philippines/Reginald Sarmenta
ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – “My husband and I have eight children. Life can be hard, and I do not want to get pregnant right now.”   With a smile, 39-year-old Maricel Bedla eagerly waits to learn about, and gain access... Read more
6 May 2019
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Eight months pregnant and mother of six, Nadia Muson and her family were within earshot of the armed conflict in their municipality of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao. © UNFPA Philippines/ Rochelle Yu
DATU SALIBO, Philippines – “I was inside our house when I heard powerful explosions and intense gunfire,” recalled Nadia Muson, 35. Eight months pregnant and a mother of six, Ms. Muson and her family were within earshot... Read more
2 October 2018
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ITOGON, Philippines – On 16 September, Ginalyn Franco awoke to a storm. “The rains were so powerful that landslides started happening near our house,” she said. “We had no choice but to leave.” With her grandmother and... Read more
4 September 2018
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MARAWI, Philippines – “Everything has been burned,” Aslima Tawacal, 35, told UNFPA. “My husband has been able to see our home but there is nothing left.” Fifteen months ago, an armed group inspired by the Islamic State... Read more
18 July 2018
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Phoebe Tamondong, 25, learned about family planning through a UNFPA-supported programme at her company. © UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor
LAGUNA, Philippines – “I used to believe that jumping after sex prevented pregnancy,” said Phoebe Tamondong, 25, in Laguna Province, in the Philippines. She is not alone – these and other family planning myths are... Read more
17 May 2018
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Hannah Gumaro chose to receive a contraceptive implant at a UNFPA-supported family planning session. © UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor
ISABELA, Philippines – Joan Calamayan gathered with around 50 other young women at a bright green community centre in the Philippine village of Kalabaza. Many of the women had walked from far-flung villages to attend... Read more
23 March 2018
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“We really need more information on sex and reproductive health,” said Kathleen Acosta, 18, a senior and student leader at UP high school in Iloilo. © UNFPA Philippines
ILOILO, Philippines – “I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant,” said Gina*, now 19. At the time, she was a third-year high school student in Iloilo, a central province of the Philippines, and already six months... Read more
22 February 2018
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Mount Mayon volcano erupted in January, affecting over 88,000 people. © OCHA/G. Arevalo
LEGAZPI, Philippines – “I was washing clothes near my house when I heard the eruption from Mayon Volcano,” Jiassal Balatinsayo, 37, told UNFPA. Eight months pregnant and residing just over 6 km from the volcano erupting... Read more
13 December 2017
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A girl shares her thoughts at UNFPA's youth outreach mission in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. © UNFPA Philippines
PANTAR, Philippines – Seventeen-year-old Abdul Nasser Berua stood before a group of teenagers, explaining how they can protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. It was October, and the youth... Read more
4 October 2017
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Women affected by the Marawi crisis share their experiences at a UNFPA’ women-friendly space in Barangay Bubong, Saguiaran. © UNFPA Philippines
PAWAK, Philippines – Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse – and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about... Read more

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