This report is based on research conducted by Jonathan Cohen and Ami Evangelista, respectively researcher with the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program and associate with the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. It was written by Jonathan Cohen. Joanne Csete, director of the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program; Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division; Dinah PoKempner, general counsel; and Iain Levine, program director of Human Rights Watch reviewed the report. Production assistance was provided by Ami Evangelista, Jennifer Nagle, Veronica Matushaj, Andrea Holley, and Fitzroy Hepkins. John Emerson designed the map.
Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges the assistance of numerous nongovernmental organizations and experts in the Philippines, principally the AIDS Society of the Philippines and the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP). Special thanks go to Dr. Dominic Garcia, Nelson (Bong) Yap, and Atty. Rhodora M. Roy-Raterta for their assistance with many aspects of our field investigation. Our work in Baguio City was coordinated by Sybel L. Agbulos, and in Angeles City by Marites Arevalo, Lawrence Castro, and Jomar Fleras of Reachout Foundation International. Dr. Maria Elena Borromeo of UNAIDS-Philippines, Roberto Ador of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc., Dr. Michael Lim Tan, and Mr. Enrico Caja provided critical assistance. For arranging field interviews, we acknowledge the assistance of Kabalikat ng Pamilyang Pilipino, Remedios AIDS Foundation, Inc., Pinoy Plus Association, Inc., Womens Health Care Foundation, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies on Health and Development, and Baguio Center for Young Adults, Inc.
We are especially grateful to the many Filipinos who agreed to be interviewed for this report, and we regret that we cannot mention them by name.