Advocacy Update

Groups call for accountability as gov’t officials attend opening of tobacco facility

April 18, 2024

Groups on Thursday are wondering why State figures and government officials are present and openly endorsing heated tobacco products at the inauguration of a vape manufacturing facility in Tanauan, Batangas on April 15. “First of all, it is deceitful to call this vape manufacturing facility a “smoke-free” facility. Vapes and heated tobacco products still produce […]

PLCPD organizes multisectoral strategic advocacy and communications workshop for the info dissemination of RA 11596 or the Prohibition of Child Marriage Law

March 21, 2024

Members of the TWG on RA 11596 – DSWD, CWC, CHR, PCW, NCIP, NCMF, PLCPD, OXFAM, civil society organizations and #GirlDefenders joined hearts and minds to draft the advocomm plan to bridge the information gap on the PCM Law. The advocomm workshop was supported by Oxfam and facilitated by Richard Dy. The consolidated plan will […]

PLCPD, youth leaders to launch campaign for ‘World No Tobacco Day’

March 21, 2024

In preparation for World No Tobacco Day on May 31, PLCPD convened youth leaders on Wednesday to plan the campaign calling to protect children from the tobacco industry. Resource persons from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, ExplainedPH, and PITIK Bulag talked about strategies that the youth can adopt to counter tobacco industry disinformation, including enhancing […]

PLCPD strengthens subnational advocacy work, forms local legislators’ alliance for human development

March 12, 2024

As part of its efforts to strengthen subnational work, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), with the support of We Effect, initiated the formation of the Alliance of Local Legislators for Human Development (ALL4HD), whose interim officers met on March 7 to finalize its Constitution and By-Laws and discuss its legislative agenda. […]

Child rights advocates: Don’t just ban disposable vapes, put back child protection safeguards removed by Vape Law

March 8, 2024

We support the government proposal to ban disposable vapes, a step backed by the Department of Health (Philippines), citing that easy access to these products is worsening underage smoking in the Philippines. However, the government shouldn’t stop there. If the government truly cares about improving vape regulation, it must seriously bring back the child protection […]

Child rights advocates slam pro-tobacco PH delegation in health conference, support Senate Blue Ribbon investigation

February 23, 2024

The Child Rights Network (CRN) and its convenor, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), stand behind the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation chaired by Senator Pia Cayetano into the conduct of government officials in the recently concluded international health conference on tobacco control. The Philippines received its fifth “Dirty Ashtray” award at […]

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Bill approved by House Committee on Population and Family Relations

February 22, 2024

February 20, Quezon City – The House of Representatives Committee on Population and Family Relations unanimously approved the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Bill, one of PLCPD’s priority legislative agenda in the 19th Congress. House Bill (HB) 8823 filed by Rep. Faustino “Inno” Dy, PLCPD member; HB 4480 filed by Rep. Ernesto Dionisio Jr., […]

PLCPD and CRN express dismay over the Philippines’ receipt of Dirty Ashtray award

February 22, 2024

During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s hearing on February 21, PLCPD, as convenor of the Child Rights Network (CRN), expressed disappointment in the Philippine delegation for prioritizing tobacco industry interests over public health and the welfare of children public health at the tenth session of the Conference of Parties of the World Health Organization-Framework Convention […]