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Buenavista-Balagbag Small Farmer’s Association vice president Ramon Doblon, 51, zips close the Solar Bubble Dryer after putting unhusked brown rice into the drying tunnel. The solar dryer is a part of Oxfam and Rice Watch Action Network’s assistance for their Typhoon Rolly (Goni) Recovery Program. (Photo: Juanito Bantong/Oxfam)
Raquel Villanueva, 68, had doubts when their town’s agriculturist in Milaor sent her a message that a non-governmental organization was ready to give them assistance after Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) devastated their town in Camarines Sur province.
Emelyn Pelarios consults with a nurse from the local government of Cagwait about family planning. The health service provision activity in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur is part of the Global Affairs Canada-funded Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) project implemented by Oxfam Pilipinas through Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP). (Photo: Erwin Mascarinas/Oxfam)
Leonida Pacheco got pregnant with her first child in 2010. She was just 17 years old. She ended up dropping out of college to focus on motherhood and was never able to return to her studies after having a total of five children.
Rohainie is a member of Linding Kokalombayan, a group of young women in Lanao Del Sur province and Marawi City campaigning against child, early and forced marriages in BARMM. (Photo: Ferdinandh Cabrera/Oxfam)
Marriage between relatives is preferred since it is assumed that it helps tighten relationships among clans and that it can prevent feuds and misunderstandings between erstwhile warring clans, explained Roconsalam who is a leader of the Women’s Association on Turmeric Production.
Asliah Lomangco works on her sewing machine. She is part of the Creating Spaces Project which supports single mothers like Asliah who survived child, early and forced marriage. (Photo: Ferdinandh Cabrera/Oxfam) 
In 2017, Asliah and her family lost almost everything in a huge fire that gutted their house and dozens others in Campo Ranao, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.In 2017, Asliah and her family lost almost everything in a huge fire that gutted their house and dozens others in Campo Ranao, Marawi City, Lanao...
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