Category Archives: Self care

Providing Access to SRH Services Through the Safety Pantry

On May 28, 2021, sixteen (16) Safety Pantries have been launched simultaneously, by the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) in different locations, as part of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health.

As the Covid19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of Filipinos, FPOP recognizes that people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights should be unhampered. The organization aims to extend sexual and reproductive health services and commodities, and other necessities through the FPOP Safety Pantry.

On the Safety Pantry tables, vitamins, condoms, lubes, contraceptive pills, alcohol wipes, sanitary napkins, malunggay supplements (capsule), baby dresses, diapers, and pregnancy and hygiene kits are available. People can also take home biscuits, rice, vegetables, canned goods, noodles, and even face shields and masks. Services on family planning, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, HIV testing and counseling, Hepatitis B screening, implant and IUD insertion, cervical cancer screening, and pre-natal check-up are also available. Standard safety protocols against Covid-19 were observed in the Safety Pantry sites located in:

1. Barangay 32, Tondo, Manila

2. Barangay Silangan, Quezon City

3. Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City

4. Baguio Public Market

5. T. Alonzo Street in Baguio City

6. Barangay Panamitan, Kawit in Cavite

7. Barangay Sta. Cruz, Naga in Camarines Sur

8. Sorsogon City

9. Arakan in North Cotabato

10.Barangay Dadiangas in General Santos City

11. Barangay Maimpis in Pampanga

12. Barangay Poblacion, Alaminos in Pangasinan

13. Surigao City

14. Davao City

15. Iloilo City

16. Masbate City

Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, the items given away came from various donors who support the advocacy the organization pursues. Building on the same idea, FPOP opted to name the initiative Safety Pantry as the word “safety” connotes a message of comfort and is safe and protected against sexually transmitted infection, HIV, unintended pregnancy, and sexual and gender-based violence.

The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) is a service-oriented organization providing sexual and reproductive health services to all Filipinos. It has 12 active organization chapters with 17 Community Health Care Clinics offering an integrated package of essential services on family planning and reproductive health.

FPOP is one of the oldest and biggest volunteer organizations in the Philippines. It was founded on August 4, 1969, out of a merger of two organizations that pioneered the family planning movement in the Philippines. It is a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Aside from various community activities such as the Safety Pantry, adolescent learning sessions, house-to-house outreach, and reproductive health medical missions, FPOP also provides free online consultation and other SRH services through their hotline called FPOP youRHotline. It can be reached on Facebook: or mobile number: 0998-988-8826, 8 AM to 10 PM daily.

FPOP Safety Pantry Facebook Live Links:

North Cotabato


General Santos City


Brgy. Silangan, QC

Facial Exercises

This one’s for me and my mommy blogger friends. We don’t need to undergo a facelift or be injected with costly botox to achieve and maintain a youthful look. What we need are simple face exercises. I haven’t tried it yet, but some testimonials are backing up the effectiveness of this non-invasive program.

A program called Facercise has been proven to strengthen and develop the facial muscles to provide an improved, toned and younger looking face. Body builders use weight training to develop certain muscles in his or her body, facial exercises, on the other hand, develop and accentuate certain facial feature. The result, according to reviews, can be seen after a few days. I have to see it to be convinced that it’s really effective. 🙂

Facercise include 13 facial exercises shown in instructional DVD and CD and online class via Skype. If you’re already doing the program you can expect the following result:

  •  Eyebrows are raised or lifted
  •  Eye sockets are enlarged, resulting in the eyes appearing more open and vibrant
  •  Diminished puffiness under the eyes
  •  A shorter or narrower nose. The nose grows with age, creating an aged appearance
  •  Fuller lips and turned up, younger looking mouth corners
  •  Toned and defined chin, neck and jaw line
  •  Complexions change color and become more vibrant and youthful

The product, dubbed as Hollywood’s best kept secret, is included in the top 100 beauty products in the world by the Harpers and Queen. It is also featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Health and Harpers & Queen.