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ASSESSMENT ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/FAMILY PLANNING NEEDS IN BASECO, INTRAMUROS, MANILA
Project Director:          Cristina A. Rodriguez
Funding Agency:        Malacañang-Tulungan Project

This research was conducted in an effort to evolve a community-based reproductive health program founded on a comprehensive understanding of attitudes towards, and practices related to, sexuality, family planning, and reproductive health.  The study site was the community of Baseco in Intramuros, Manila.

Key words: community-based programs, sexuality, family planning, reproductive health, Baseco (Intramuros, Manila)

 

FAMILY PLANNING SEEKING BEHAVIOR: A SEGMENTATION ANALYSIS
Project Director/Coordinator: Exaltacion E. Lamberte
Funding Agency:                    Futures Group International

The study examined the possible association between specific fertility and health behavioral patterns of women, such as contraceptive use, preventive and curative care, choice of health facility, and women’s socioeconomic status.  It determined the respondents’ willingness to pay for the cost of family planning services availed of from different health facilities.

Key words: family planning, health behavior patterns, contraceptive use, preventive and curative care, health facilities

 

CIVIL SOCIETY AND GOVERNANCE
Project Director:          Francisco A. Magno
Funding Agency:        Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

The project aimed to produce a country report on the state of civil society participation in Philippine governance.  Specifically, the project was guided by the objectives of: a) delineating the social costs and benefits of civil society cooperation with government; b) developing a model for analyzing the sources of local government unit-civil society synergy; c) evaluating the reasons for the success or failure of collaborative linkages between local government units and civil society groups; d) determining the validity of the claim that a mobilized civil society automatically contributes to good governance; and e) ascertaining changes in participation and services delivery of civil society groups as a result of cyclical changes in the composition of elective officials.

The study aimed to help practitioners in non-government organizations to develop effective strategies in pushing for a progressive social agenda, and to secure the democratic gains from participation in governance.  Results of the study may also aid government officials in forging better partnerships with civil society groups. Finally, the study was intended to support policy efforts to institutionalize innovative civil society-government partnerships.

Key words: civil society, Philippine governance, services delivery, elective officials, social agenda

 

SUPPORT FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC NETWORK (PHASE 2)
Project Director:          Pilar Ramos-Jimenez
Funding Agency:        The Ford Foundation

The project encouraged the members of the Asia Pacific Network to undertake mutual efforts to develop, promote, and apply health social sciences through the application of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches.  Among the most crucial responsibilities of the Secretariat were to: a) develop interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches and methods applicable to the solution of regional health problems; b) contribute to the formulation of policies that are responsive to the health needs of the Asia-Pacific people; c) build and sustain capabilities among persons, groups, and institutions in health social sciences work; d) link health social scientists within and across Asia and the Pacific, and with colleagues from the rest of the world; and e) advocate for people whose health has been neglected and abused.

Key words: health social sciences, regional health problems, Asia-Pacific people

 

THE ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM
FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES IN HEALTH

Project Director:          Pilar Ramos-Jimenez
Funding Agency:        The Ford Foundation

The Asia-Pacific Network (APNET) of the International Forum for Social Sciences in Health (IFSSH), through its Secretariat, which was based at SDRC from 1997 to 1999, received support from The Ford Foundation to develop health social science in the region during this period.  The grant was intended for the following activities: 1) the maintenance of the Secretariat’s administrative tasks; 2) a strategic planning meeting with APNET Steering Committee members; 3) continued liaison and promotion of APNET goals and strategies with existing and new health and social science associations, as well as with international and bilateral agencies in the region for fund raising; 4) coordination with the Indonesian Organizing Committee in the preparation of the 1998 Asia and Pacific Social Science and Medicine Conference; and 5) information sharing and networking.

Publications. The last among the project’s activities is the publication of nine selected papers among the eleven country papers of Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health which were presented in the 1996 Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Fora on the Teaching of Health Social Science held in Cebu City, Philippines.  These papers were published in three volumes. 

The three-volume publication was sent to APNET members. It was also distributed during the 6th Asia Pacific Social Science and Medicine Conference which was held in Kunming, China from October 14 to 18, 2002.

Key words: health social science, Asia and Pacific Social Science and Medicine Conference, information sharing and networking

 

SENIOR CITIZENS DATA PROJECT
Project Director:          Rene D. Somera
Funding Agency:        Department of Social Welfare and Development

This project entailed the creation of a national profile and database on Filipino senior citizens.  Data were drawn from various available sources.  Comparisons were made at the municipal, city, provincial, and regional levels.

Key words: Filipino senior citizens, national profile and database

 

A STUDY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BALANCED HOUSING PROVISION OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING ACT (RA 7279)
Project Director:          Rizal G. Buendia
Funding Agency:        Institute on Church and Social Issues (Ateneo de Manila University)

The passage of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (UDHA) and the Local Government Code of 1991 (LGC) led to the devolution of the primary responsibility for land use and planning and the provision of low-cost housing to local government units.  The LGC is expected to strengthen the socialized housing development provision of UDHA. The study provided an assessment of the technical and administrative capacities of local officials to implement the socialized housing provision of the UDHA.  Specifically, it evaluated the performance of local government units given the socialized housing development provision of the UDHA.  It recommended policy interventions that may be considered by appropriate government agencies to enhance the capability and capacity of local governments in realizing the goal of socialized housing.

Key words: Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, UDHA socialized housing provision, Local Government Code of 1991, land use and planning, policy interventions

 

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Project Directors:        Robert C. Salazar and Ma. Victoria Pilar S. Iglesia
Funding Agency:        The Ford Foundation

The program’s goals were to: a) undertake research, and provide technical support to partner groups that would promote the participation of communities, particularly the disadvantaged sectors, in the sustainable management of the environment; b) identify, analyze, and evaluate alternative modes and strategies of community participation, empowering communities and building partnerships and coalitions for policy formulation, program planning and management, and project implementation and review; and c) empower communities in the research process, particularly in terms of project impact assessment, monitoring, and evaluation.

Key words: sustainable development, community participation, environmental management, policy formulation

 

TOWARDS A HOLISTIC GENDER-BALANCED UNDERSTANDING OF DEVELOPMENTAL CONCERNS IN THE PHILIPPINES: A STATE OF THE ART REVIEW OF WOMEN’S HEALTH STUDIES AND ACTION PROJECTS WITH MALE PARTICIPATION
Project Director:          Romeo B. Lee
Funding Agency:        Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

The project, referred to in brief as the “Men-Women Partnership Study,” documented and examined the status, challenges, and prospects of male involvement in women’s health studies and action projects, specifically in the areas of reproductive health, STD/AIDS, and domestic violence.  The study emphasized the importance of male participation in these projects, as it might influence them to assume their roles in family planning, the control of STD/AIDS, and domestic violence prevention.

Key words: male participation in women’s health studies, reproductive health, STD/AIDS, domestic violence

 

HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRADE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Project Directors:        Ronald D. Holmes/Edwin P. Santiago
Funding Agency:        Universite de Sherbrooke

This research explored how business leaders perceived human rights issues.   The findings of the study could be used to design programs aimed at raising the consciousness of business leaders on human rights issues, and at eliciting their cooperation in the implementation of human rights programs.

Key words: human rights issues, business leaders, program design, consciousness raising

 

PRE-ELECTORAL SURVEY IN THE CITY OF MANILA
Project Director : Ronald D. Holmes
Funding Agency: Benefactor

This survey was conducted from April 25 to 29, 1998 in order to determine the preferences of the voters of the City of Manila with respect to the mayoralty and vice mayoralty race in 1998.

Key words: voting in the city of Manila, mayoralty and vice mayoralty race

 

SURVEY OF ELECTORAL DISPOSITION IN THE CITY OF MANILA
Project Director:          Ronald D. Holmes
Funding Agency:        Benefactor

This survey was conducted from 25-29 April 1998 to determine voters’ preferences in the City of Manila with respect to the mayoralty and vice mayoralty race in 1998.

Key words: City of Manila, voters’ preferences, 1998 mayoralty and vice mayoralty election

 

POSTPARTUM FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES: 
AN ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT SERVICES PROVISION AND FUTURE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Project Director:          Trinidad S. Osteria
Funding Agency:        USAID, Washington (through East-West Center)

The main objective of the study was to document the range and quality of postpartum family planning services in the Philippines.  Specifically, it assessed the nature and completeness of information supplied by service providers to clients concerning the initiation and use of individual contraceptive methods, and scrutinized the postpartum family planning practices as reported by mothers in order to determine their compliance to the rules concerning contraception use.

The study provided a national level of information on the provision and utilization of postpartum family planning services in 28 provinces, as well as follow-up mechanisms, and socio-cultural barriers affecting the utilization and provision of postpartum family planning care.

Key words: postpartum family planning services, contraceptive methods, rules of contraceptive use, service providers

 

NATURAL GAS PROJECT
Project Director:          Trinidad S. Osteria
Funding Agency:        Benefactor

This project was a market survey on natural gas in the Philippines as a feasibility study for replacing bunker fuel. The survey looked into the general characteristics of the respondent firms, their current business situation, current energy utilization, the fuel-using equipment employed by the firms, their business plans, and their response to the possibility of converting to natural gas use. 

Key words: natural gas in the Philippines



 

 

 

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