Give Life to Dreams: Fertility Awareness Month 2016

Oct 19, 2016
In a country as populated as ours, Philippines now has reached about hundred million population, it would still surprise us that one in every ten couples would struggle with infertility issues.
So with all the talks about family planning and birth control,we must not also forget the other side of the story wherein there are still loving couples who are responsible and have dreams of starting a family but are finding it hard to do so. 
That is why infertility must also be talked about. 
There's so much stigma that is surrounding this topic and there's so much embarrasment and mis-information which only means even more difficult for a family or even couples to  address this concern. 
Because in many cases, there's something that can be done about infertility. It can be addressed and the dreams of couples and even families could build their own family and be realized. 

But of course the first step is understanding, so people must be reached by the message. That is why Merck Philippines continues its advocacy to raise fertility awareness among people Nationwide.

Merck Philippines, the local arm of the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, joined forces with IVF Davao, Inc. (In-Vitro Fertilization Davao) making it Mindanao's first IVF facility, for  a public information project promoting awareness on infertility and it's medical solutions.

They have conducted a media forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao. They've discussed the sciences of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology), which is an umbrella term that refers to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and its variants.

In-vitro fertilization is a procedure that involves removing eggs from the woman's ovaries and fertilizing them outside the body. Once the egg is fertilized with the sperm and turned into a good embryo they are gently pushed in to the uterus through catheter.

Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive a child after 12 months or more of unprotected intercourse. It is a significant life crisis faced by a lot of couples worldwide . It is not only with the physical problem but also mentally, socially, psychologically affecting the couples.

Causes of infertility among men are:
  1. Abnormal sperm production and delivery
  2. Lifestyle: smoking, alcohol, marijuana
  3. Environment: frequent heat exposure
  4. Medical Problems: Hypertension and Diabetes

Causes of Infertility among women are:
  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome
  2. Premature ovarian failure
  3. Increasing age ( 35 years old and above)
  4. Excess body fat or too little body fat can affect ovulation
  • IVF procedure is safe and not invasive.
  • For packages it starts at P285,000.00 which is a good offer 
  • National sucess rate for IVF babies are 50%. This number is set to increase with the abundance of IVF Davao's specialty group, gov't, and corporate partners.
  • Biggest challenges according to the testimonials of the couples are Patience and Financial Support, Time and Effort.
  • Biggest Challenge for the  medical team is Spreading the awareness of such helpful technology in giving life to dreams for Filipino couples to have a child and the maintenance of their facility in order to keep the embryos in good environment.
  • IVF Davao have also catered same sex couples. Its very open to all gender and ages.

Dr, Ma, Lourdes Cabling, President of the IVF davao, said that " The process is easy, it's simple, the technology is available and most of all, we made it much more affordable for our fellow Filipino."

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, Merck Philippines will be holding a Patient's Forum to learn more about fertility and discover treatments that are available to us here in the Philippines on October 29, 2016, 8am at Ballroom B, Marco Polo Hotel Davao. Free admission and doctor's consultation.

PRESS RELEASE:Discover a new world of learning with SMART DIGITAL CAMPUS

Oct 12, 2016
Take a peek into the school of the future powered by superb business solutions
with PLDT SME Nation’s Smart Digital Campus

Davao, 2016 – PLDT SME Nation, the market leader in providing the most innovative business solutions tailor-fit to every entrepreneur’s need, introduces Filipinos to a new and more integrated way of learning with Smart Digital Campus.

Specifically built for educational institutions, PLDT’s newest suite of wireless solutions redefines the learning experience for students, teachers and even parents with the most advanced digital platforms and Internet connectivity available today. Smart Digital Campus promises an affordable package equipped with monitoring and e-learning systems: Smart Gatekeeper, Smart Tracker and Smart E-Learning.

These three smart steps assure parents and teachers that students’ activities are secured and made more efficient from the moment they step in the campus until they get home. Smart Gatekeeper is an automated attendance monitoring solution that monitors students’ entry and exit in real-time. It also enhances student safety by automatically updating the parents via SMS whenever the student enters or leaves the school premises. Complementing this is an all-in-one solution designed for 24/7 tracking of all school transportation vehicles called Smart Tracker which utilizes GPS technology to enable schools to monitor the location of their school buses in real time.

Smart E-Learning is a fully digitized and integrated learning management platform. The mobile app is equipped with social, gamification features that make teachers and students more engaged in learning. These include e-textbooks, online grade books, and chatting programs that aim to foster a more collaborative study environment.

“Smart Digital Campus is PLDT’s contribution to improving the local educational system as it permits ease and quality of information access between educators, students, and guardians. With a more streamlined and integrated way of learning, Smart Digital Campus pushes for more collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and productive communication within a learning community,” shares Omni Amisola-Larrosa, PLDT SME Nation’s Product Lead for Smart Business Solutions. “This is in line with PLDT SME Nation’s vision of empowering future Filipino leaders through providing them technologies to fulfill their potential and contribute to nation-building,” adds Amisola-Larrosa.

Smart Digital Campus will be available starting October 2016.To know more about PLDT SME Nation, more of its products and activities, and what it has in store for the nation’s MSMEs, please visit or