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Overwhelming majority of Filipinos (92%) believe it is important to mitigate fertility and plan their family

Filipinos do not only recognize the importance of family planning, they also strongly approve of government’s allocation of funds for modern contraceptives. The latest Pulse Asia Survey concluded just before the 2007 elections showed an overwhelming majority of Filipinos (92%) believe it is important to mitigate fertility and plan their family. ...

A fourth committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed H.B. 5043

A fourth committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed House Bill 5043 or the proposed “Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development Act of 2008” principally authored by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman. The Committee on Rules approved today the plenary consideration of the controversial bill which mandates government to provide information and services on all forms of family planning and allocate adequate funds for the reproductive health program. ...

Family Planning

“It is distressing that the miracle of life means death to 10 mothers daily in the Philippines,” Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay stressed during the 2nd National Multi-Sectoral Conference on Population and Development last August 15, 2007. The Bicol solon is the principal author of House Bill No. 17 or the “Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development Act of 2007”. ...

Presidential Approval of 2008 GAA Affirms Executive-Legislative Common Agenda

The Presidential approval of the P1.227 trillion 2008 General Appropriations Act with minimal direct item vetoes is a reaffirmation of the Executive-Legislative common agenda of providing adequate basic social services and enhancing infrastructure development. It also signifies the Executive’s guarded concurrence with the congressional thrusts on non-confrontational debt service reduction policy and accelerated impartial stress on reproductive health and population management. ...
The Catholic vote is for the enactment of the RH bill Print
Press Statements
Monday, 26 November 2012 12:36
  • Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent – Albay
  • 26 November 2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137

 

 

             The Catholic vote is for the enactment of the RH bill.

 

             This is consistently validated and documented in all nationwide surveys for many years now.

 

             Surveys show that 71% of Catholics favor the enactment of the RH bill (Third Quarter 2008 Social Weather Survey, 16 October 2008). The same survey reveals that the percentage of those in favor of the bill is even higher among weekly church-going Catholics at 73%, which means that the pulpit as a platform for anti-RH homilies is a failure.

 

            Moreover, the SWS also revealed that among registered voters surveyed, “most will vote for pro-RH bill candidates” with 38% of Filipino voters choosing to vote for candidates who support the RH bill while only 6% said they will not vote for candidates supportive of the measure. Among those surveyed, 20% said that a candidate’s stand on the issue will not affect their vote while 35% claimed they were not aware enough about the contents of the bill (SWS, 11 March 2010).

 

            In predominantly Catholic communities like Cebu, Manila and Paranaque, respondents in various surveys are overwhelmingly pro-RH. A huge number of Cebuanos at 76% support the passage of the RH bill (SWS, April 2009); in Parañaque, 84% of the respondents are in favor of the bill (SWS, March 2009); and in Manila, a whopping 86% of those surveyed support the enactment of the bill into law (February, 2009).

 

             In the staunchly Catholic Province of Bohol, majority of the respondents at 53% are in favor of the RH bill compared to only 17% who are against it, according to a survey conducted by Holy Name University, a leading Catholic university in Bohol.

 

            Pulse Asia reports that 93% of Filipinos consider it important to have the ability to plan their families and 82% believe government should inform couples about all methods of family planning.

 

              The faculty members of leading Catholic Universities like Ateneo and De La Salle Universities support the passage of the RH bill.

 

              RH advocates should not fear a negative Catholic vote because the alleged backlash has no empirical basis.

 

         Fear has always been used by the clergy as an instrument of repression and reprisal like fear of eternal damnation, fear of excommunication, fear of offending religious minsters, fear of contraceptives as abortifacients and carcinogenic, and fear of a demographic winter.

 

              Fear is bankrupt of reason and should not be allowed to deter legislation and policy making.

 

             Priests at the local parishes do not articulate with the same ferocity anti-RH tirades of some bishops because they are more aware of the ill-effects of the population problem on their parishioners.

 

             The parish priest and the political leader are natural and logical partners in addressing the population problem because they witness on the ground grinding poverty, maternal and infant mortality and the inadequacy of pre-natal and post-natal care and facilities, all of which are addressed by the RH bill.

 

             It must be underscored again that there were more RH advocates and supporters who responded to the roll call even during the session days when there was no quorum.

 
The entire world is keenly watching the progress of the RH bill Print
Press Statements
Monday, 26 November 2012 12:33

 

  • Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent – Albay
  • 24 November 2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137

 

 

          The entire world is keenly watching the progress of the RH bill in the Philippines as women worldwide are eagerly anticipating to celebrate its enactment.

 

            This declaration by Dr. Gita Sen, renowned feminist and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), was recounted by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, principal author of the RH bill, at the international conference on the post-2015 action plan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) held early last week in Quezon City.

 

            Dr. Sen made the remarks at the international forum on SRHR sponsored jointly by the Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and the Forum on Family Planning and Development (FFPD) recently in Makati City.

 

           Sen is a pioneer in the field of gender and development. Her academic and policy activism in this field has been an inspiration to a whole generation of researchers, policymakers of South and North, and non-governmental activists.

 

          Her recent work includes research and policy advocacy on the gender implications of globalization and economic liberalization, the gender dimensions of population policies, and the links between population and the environment.

 

            Of the eight MDGs, data from participating countries show that the reduction of the maternal mortality rate (MMR) due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth is the least achievable by 2015.

 

           The MMR in the Philippines has even worsened to 14-15 maternal deaths daily (221 deaths per 100,000 live births) from 10-11 daily (172 deaths per 1000,000 live births) in 2006. The MDG target by 2015 is 52/100,000.

 

             Annually, 500,000 mothers die worldwide due to causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

 

            Although pregnancy is not a disease, it nevertheless kills because women are not empowered to freely and responsibly determine the number and spacing of their children resulting in high-risk pregnancies, compounded by lack of skilled birth attendants, maternal health facilities and prenatal and postnatal care, all of which are addressed by the RH bill.

 

           The enactment of the RH law will enable the country to attain or approximate the attainment of all the MDGs because the unifying common denominator of the MDGs is the advancement of reproductive health.

 
Appeal to all Authors and Advocates of the RH Bill Print
Press Statements
Monday, 26 November 2012 12:29

 

  • Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent – Albay
  • 23 November 2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137

 

 

               My “Appeal to All Authors and Advocates of the RH Bill” was sent to over a hundred co-authors and another group of several dozens of confirmed advocates and supporters who are committed to vote for the measure. Together, they constitute a clear majority of the total membership of the House of Representatives of 283 Representatives.

 

APPEAL TO ALL AUTHORS AND ADVOCATES

OF THE RH BILL

 

              May I earnestly reiterate my appeal for all of us, RH bill authors and advocates, to be present during the last 12 session days before the Christmas break and maintain a quorum up to adjournment.

 

              In our 13-year crusade for the enactment of a Reproductive Health law, it is only now in the 15th Congress that we have reached the threshold of passing the RH bill.

 

              Let us collectively seize the moment and deliver without further delay the bill which is pregnant with fulfillment for maternal and infant health, reproductive self-determination as a human right, and sustainable human development.

 

              The Philippines needs an RH law as an anchor for the government’s pro-poor, pro-women, pro-health and pro-development agenda.

 

              The House of Representatives needs your presence and support to institutionalize this enabling anchor.

 

               I am happy to note that despite the absence of a quorum during the previous session days, majority of those who responded to the roll call are RH authors and advocates.

 

               Let us offer our constituents a small measure of sacrifice by responding to this urgent quorum call.

 

              Let us transform our enduring patience to renewed activism for the enactment now of an RH law.

 

               Thank you so much.

 

 

 
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