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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 passage of HB 4244 is a signal victory for Filipino women and children Print
Press Statements
Monday, 17 December 2012 13:05
Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
Independent – Albay
12 December 2012
0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137
             The passage of House Bill 4244 or the Reproductive Health Bill is a signal victory for Filipino women and children who will reap the benefits of improved maternal and infant health which the bill seeks to guarantee.
             I laud the courageous Representatives who stood their ground and refused to be intimidated by the presence of Catholic bishops in the Plenary Hall today. They have indeed proven that the voice of the people is the voice of God.
            Finally, the Representatives of the people have spoken in accord with their constituents who have long favored the enactment of the bill.
            These legislators are truly the guardians of the peoples’ rights, health and sustainable development, and not centurions of the dominant church.
Today, reason triumphed over fanaticism; logic over dogma; and hope over fear.
              We have prevailed over a well-funded campaign to demonize the RH bill because we have unshakable faith in our cause – that every child born deserves to be planned and wanted; that women should not die from unplanned, mistimed and high risk pregnancies; that people must have the right to decide when and how often they want to become parents; and that sustainable human development and genuine progress cannot be achieved if the Philippines does not address its population problem.
             We could not have achieved this victory without the unwavering support of the NGO community and civil society groups as well our partners in the tri-media and social media. The authors of the bill are truly grateful for their invaluable encouragement and endorsement.
             We also thank President Aquino for his steadfast endorsement of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Bill and the House of Representatives' leadership under Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II for delivering on their commitment to have the bill voted upon.
 
Catholics bishops are welcome on the voting of the RH bill Print
Press Statements
Monday, 10 December 2012 13:19

 

  • Office of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent – Albay
  • 10 December 2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137

 

 

 

             Catholic bishops are welcome during the consideration and voting on the RH bill, but they are cautioned not to demean Congresspersons by treating them like docile sheep to be watched and shepherded.

 

             The presence of bishops in the plenary during the past session days did not save the “killer” amendments proposed by RH critics from being voted down repeatedly.

 

             What Bishops cannot achieve by reason and persuasion, they must not pursue through fear and intimidation.

 

             If the veiled purpose of the Bishops’ presence in the gallery is to sow fear or employ intimidation against legislators, they will not succeed because fear is destitute of reason and must be resisted with conviction, and not be allowed to deter or delay legislation.

 

             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 ministers, fear of contraceptives as abortifacients and carcinogenic, and fear of a demographic winter, all of which are wanting of reasonable and empirical anchorage.

 
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.

 
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