"A Better Normal" is a series where experts and thought leaders share their bold vision for the future. New ideas to make the world better, from small nudges to big initiatives.
How goes a day in the life of a blind person in the Philippines? This World Sight Day, Aniridia patient Cy Cabana tells us about her dreams and what she's doing to reach them; while ophthalmologist Dr. Jubaida Aquino, Roche Philippines general manager Dr. Diana Edralin, and Roche Ophthalmology medical enabler Dr. Chelo Martinez talk about what everybody else needs to do so we can all navigate and improve each other's paths to a shared, accessible future.
Starting your own business can be exciting. You believe in what you have to offer and want to bring your products and services out into the world! But when reality sets in, when suddenly you have to register with the government, take care of so much paperwork, and pay penalties you had no idea you could incur in the first place... how can you sustain your passion? Gina Lynn Valdez of Numbers That Matter, Ginger Arboleda of Taxumo, and Pauline Santos of ATBP Co talk about how they help those who help others.
Scarcity and shortages marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were stories of solidarity, many suffered from lack of access to medical equipment and healthcare. How do we promote equity within our borders—and across them? Listen to Nathalie Ernoult, deputy head of policy advocacy at Médecins Sans Frontiéres' Access Campaign; and Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, Philippine General Hospital spokesman and head of its COVID TeleGabay Program.
Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land, and they even safeguard 80 percent of the world's biodiversity. With climate change threatening our present and future, what can IPs in the Philippines teach us about caring for our planet? We hear from former lawmaker Teddy Baguilat, and indigenous rights expert Atty. Ice Baguilat, cousins and members of the Tuwali community in Ifugao.