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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. ...
RH bill signed Print
Press Statements
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 09:56


  • Office of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent - Albay
  • 29 December 2012
  • 0916-6406741 / 0918-9120137



           With the President’s imprimatur on the enrolled copy of the RH bill, the arduous crusade for the enactment of a comprehensive and nationwide reproductive health law is over.


          After a 13-year gestation, the RH bill is finally delivered, signed and sealed.


          Unlike the rage and controversy which attended the congressional debates and approval of the measure, the bill was signed as Republic Act No. 10354 in the privacy of the President’s study room without the anticipated ceremony in order not to exacerbate the conflict with some Catholic bishops and start the reconciliation process to ensure widespread support in the implementation of the RH law.


          The President, with consistent resolve and unwavering zeal, signed the bill into law last Friday, 21 December 2012, the day after he received the enrolled bill.


           An enrolled bill is an authentic copy of a legislative measure signed by the Speaker and the Senate President as well as by the Secretary General of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate.


           The principal beneficiaries of the RH law are the country’s millions of women and children whose health will be protected and promoted as maternal and infant deaths radically decline as a result of voluntary family planning and contraception by choice.


           Women worldwide who have been anticipating the enactment of an RH law in the Philippines rejoice with the vast majority of Filipinos in celebrating the elevation of the bill into a statute.

Best essential gift Print
Press Statements
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 09:53


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



           The best essential gift the government has given to Filipinos this Christmas and the many more Christmases to come is the enactment of the Reproductive Health law.


            The RH statute will enable millions of couples and women to be true to their desire of having smaller families as they are empowered to freely and responsibly determine the number and spacing of their children.


          Also gifted are mothers and infants since maternal and infant mortality rates will be considerably reduced because high-risk, unwanted and unintended pregnancies, which are most prone to maternal death, abortion and unhealthy offspring, are prevented.


             There are currently 14-15 mothers who die daily due to complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth.


            The harrowing experience of women who suffer forced abortion because they could not afford another child will be diminished by as much as 85% since they are given access to legal, medically-safe and effective voluntary contraception.


            The poor and marginalized sectors will be helped to liberate themselves from the clutches of poverty as they are accorded free and viable family planning methods and contraception by choice to mitigate population growth.


         Mass poverty is inextricably linked to high fertility rates, which result to high population growth rates and the stunting of human development.


          While the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world, its human development index ranking according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a lowly 112th among 187 countries.


          The enactment this Yuletide season of the RH bill, which will save countless lives of women and children and assure their better future, is truly symbolic because millennia ago Jesus Christ was born in a manger to save the world.

7.5-M Adolescents in Public Schools will be beneficiaries of RH Education Print
Press Statements
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 09:50


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





              The mandatory age and development appropriate reproductive health education among the young as prescribed in the reconciled RH bill will initially benefit no less than 7.5-M adolescents enrolled in grade 6 and high school in public elementary and secondary schools across the country.


             This figure represents the present enrollment from the data of the Department of Education (DepEd) which will even be higher once the RH education is implemented next school year.


            Adolescents refer to “young people between the ages of ten (10) to nineteen (19) years who are in the transition form childhood to adulthood”, as defined in the bill.


             The number of beneficiaries would even increase if RH education would start at an earlier grade than grade 6 because the period of adolescence starts at an age lower than those of 6th graders.


             Since the young should not be deprived of RH education just because they are enrolled in private schools, it is expected that many private elementary and secondary schools would opt to teach reproductive health education to equally educate their pupils and students.


            The RH bill mandates the DepEd to “formulate a curriculum which shall be used by public schools and may be adopted by private schools.”


           Empirical studies conducted by the United Nations and countries where RH education is part of the school curriculum have documented the following beneficent results: 1) proper sexual values are inculcated in the young; 2) entry into sexual relations is delayed; 3) abstinence before marriage is encouraged; 4) multiple sexual partners are avoided; and 5) the spread of sexually transmitted infections is prevented.

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