The RH Wars: Framing the Population and Reproductive Health Debate

In celebration of its 54th anniversary, the

School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

in partnership with the

School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

and the


would like to invite you to the book launch of


Clarissa C. David
Assistant Professor, College of Mass Communications, University of the Philippines Diliman

Antonio G. M. La ViƱa
Dean, Ateneo School of Government

Jenna Mae L. Atun
Lecturer, Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University

Wednesday, 1 October 2014
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Faber Hall Function Room (FH 101)
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City


4:00 - 4:30 p.m.: REGISTRATION

4:30 - 4:40 p.m.: OPENING CEREMONIES
(Welcome Remarks, Introduction of the authors)

(A presentation of the research findings by the book authors)

5:10 - 5:30 p.m.: REACTIONS
-- Atty. Jo Aurea Imbong
(Department of Communication, School of Social Sciences, AdMU)
-- Prof. Mary Racelis
(IPC and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, AdMU)

5:30 - 5:50 p.m.: OPEN FORUM


(A reception, book sale, and book signing will follow. At the launch, the book will be sold at a discounted price of PhP 220 [regular price: PhP 250]).

About the book

The research for this study was made possible through a grant obtained by the authors under the Merit Research Awards (MRA) Program of the Institute of Philippine Culture, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University.

For decades, population has been one of the most contentious issues in the Philippines, and its framing and reframing by different stakeholders present various ways of interpreting whether it is a problem and what solution is best to address it. This study takes a systematic look at the different frames that have been used to discuss population and reproductive health in public discourse from both communication and political perspectives. Different types of frame analysis were conducted on various population-related texts that appeared in public and policy content from 1987 to 2007. By mapping out the different frames used in public and policy discourses, the study sought to explain the persistent impasse in population and reproductive health policy debates. It recommends message and audience strategies in order to move forward the conversation on population, reproductive health, and family planning. The study ends with a discussion on the various provisions on the RH Law and its journey after it was enacted in 2012.

* For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact (+63 2) 426-6001 ext. 4651 loc. 213, or (+63 2) 426 6067 loc. 213. You may also send us an email at .

Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)
School of Social Sciences
2/F Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University
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The Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA) are pleased to announce the second batch of scholars under the IPC-DSA Scholarship Program for Young Filipino Social Science Professionals:

1. Cherie Audrey Desiderio Alfiler (MA Anthropology)

2. Jill Adones Borjal (MA Sociology)

3. Aaron Bodollo Bustamante (MS Social Development)

4. Frances Michelle Ciano Nubla (MA Sociology)

5. Debbie Mariz Narvasa Manalili (MA Sociology)

The IPC-DSA Scholarship Program, with funds from the Ford Foundation, offers support for academic and professional training in Sociology and Anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University. This program originates from and continues the goals of the IPC-DSA Professional Social Science Training Program (1986-2008) which supported the training of hundreds of social science professionals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Congratulations to our new students under the IPC-DSA Scholarship Program! We look forward to supporting your scholarly and professional goals.

The 2014 IPC International Summer School for Doctoral Researchers on the Philippines with the theme “Historical and Ethnographic Approaches to Philippine Culture” is pleased to announce the eleven fellows who will be attending this year's Summer School, which will be held from June 1 to 4, 2014, at the IPC Conference Room, Ateneo de Manila University:

IPC at 50

 The Institute of Philippine Culture of the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University will be celebrating its 53rd anniversary with the book launch of IPC at 50: Celebrating Social Science Research and Training. This will be held on Monday, 16 September 2013, four o'clock in the afternoon, at Faber Hall 101, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The book IPC at 50: Celebrating Social Science Research and Training is a tribute to the contributions to the social sciences of the IPC. On the occasion of its fifty-third anniversary, the IPC in this book gathers 53 memoirs written by 55 present and former IPC staff members and affiliates. In their memoirs, the writers share their personal insights on and remembrances of working at the IPC, and being shaped by the pioneering vision of Frank Lynch, SJ. Edited by Cynthia C. Veneracion, the book includes a Foreword by Mary Racelis, an Introduction by Ricardo G. Abad, and an Annotated List of IPC Projects (1960-2010).

The IPC's 53rd anniversary celebration will include a talk on the legacy of Frank Lynch SJ, by Mary Racelis; an overview of the IPC at 50 book project, by Cynthia C. Veneracion; an overview of the IPC at 50 memoirs and memoir writers, by Ricardo G. Abad; "testimonials" by six IPC researchers on what their IPC experience has meant to them; presentation of book copies to University administrators and the memoir writers; and a celebratory dinner.

Do join us in our celebration!

The Institute of Philippine Culture of the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University is  hosting an annual international summer school aimed  to pool together the most promising young researchers on the Philippines. Organized by Dr. Lisandro Claudio and Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, the summer school will be held on  2-5 June 2013 in Ateneo de Manila University with the theme,  “Historical and ethnographic approaches to Philippine culture.” 

IPC is pleased to announce this year's Summer School Fellows: