TWHA partner Council for Health and Development (CHD) and various progressive health groups staged a protest-rally on May 26 to denounce the EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which has been quietly negotiated in Brussels.
The agreement, according to CHD, will facilitate complete trade liberalization and promote increased privatization of health and control of foreign pharmaceutical companies leading to further retrogression of people’s access to health and services.
“We want to tell you our stories because we want to raise our voice long silenced by the atrocities committed against the Dulangan Manobo by the company, its security forces and militia men who are paid by the company,”
Within the partnership between Union of Health Work Committees and the Belgium Organization" World Third Health Aid" (M3M), the organization director Dr. Wim De Ceukelaire visited UHWC to follow up the implemented project " A Strong Social Movement for the right to health" and to plan to future cooperation with UHWC through implementing upcoming projects and programs.
For the people's organization in the Advocates' (Advocates for Community Health) area in Juban, Sorsogon, movement-building is not just about marches and protests; it is also about building cooperation and finding ways to sustain the organization itself. And it has found one effective way to do it - through communal vegetable gardening.