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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 Killing of Engr. Nelson Morales is condemnable Print
Press Statements
Saturday, 08 September 2012 10:04


Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
Independent – Albay
08 September 2012
0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137
The killing of Engr. Nelson Morales, who was expected to vie for the mayoralty contest in Malinao, Albay, is truly unfortunate and condemnable.
I urge the authorities to apprehend soonest the culprits and determine the motive.
I caution the political allies of Morales from preempting the police investigation by speculating that the killing is politically motivated.
Resort to violence has never been part of the political landscape in the First District of Albay.
I do not recall in my lifetime of any violent incident related to politics that has resulted to the death of a politician or partisan in the six local government units in the District.
With this political backdrop, the police authorities must validate all angles for possible motives considering that Morales was an emerging political personality in Malinao after serving for years as city engineer of Makati.



The leadership of the HOR and the authors of the RH bill are consolidating acceptable amendments Print
Press Statements
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:45
  • Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent, Albay
  • 04 September2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137             


             There is no new RH bill being drafted in the House of Representatives but the leadership of the House and the authors of the bill are consolidating acceptable amendments to address the concerns, reservations and objections of critics like some bishops and their congressional allies.           

             The principal thrust of the latest round of amendments is to emphasize the pro-poor orientation and direction of the bill and that the promotion and distribution of RH information, services and supplies will be geared to the poorest and most marginalized households as surveyed and documented by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).           

              In order to obviate the unfounded criticism that the government will distribute contraceptives for free to everyone, the amendments will underscore that only the poorest of the poor will have free access to contraceptives if they are willing acceptors.           

               The catholic countries in Europe and Latin America have long deferred to the secular government on the adoption and implementation of RH and family planning policies for the poor and to improve maternal and infant health.

RH bill amendments responding to extremists oppositors Print
Press Statements
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:13

Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
Independent – Albay
21 August 2012

0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137


           Some oppositors to the RH bill are extremists so much so they block projected amendments that even directly and favorably address their concerns and objections.

            It appears that they would blindly reject the RH bill even if only a comma remains of the controversial measure.

         Had the extremist oppositors relented in their dilatory and obstructionist filibustering, the following amendments responding to their criticisms could have been effected:

         (1) Deletion of the provision on “Ideal Family Size” to assure critics that the bill does not impose a “two-child policy” like China’s “one-child policy”. The original version merely contemplates an ideal norm which is neither mandatory, compulsory nor punitive.

            (2) Deletion of the section on “Employer’s Responsibilities” to address concerns that a similar provision in Article 134 of the Labor Code is already adequate.

          (3) Deletion of the section on “Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines” to accommodate objections that such a prior classification cannot be made by law. In lieu of the protested provision, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with the determination of the safety, efficacy and classification of modern family planning products and supplies pursuant to existing law.

          (4) Deletion of the prohibited act on malicious disinformation in order to fully guarantee the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.

           (5) Assurance of funding support to promote modern natural methods of family planning like the Billings, Sympto-Thermal and Standard Days methods.

(6) Hospitals owned and operated by a religious group are given the option not to provide “a full range of modern family planning methods” in order to further guarantee religious freedom.

           (7) Imposition of penalties to pharmaceutical companies, whether domestic or multi-national, which collude with government officials and employees in the purchase, procurement and distribution of modern family planning supplies, products and devices, and/or contribute to partisan political activities, in order to disabuse the minds of critics that there is a pharmaceutical lobby for the enactment of the RH bill.

          (8) Deletion of the provision making the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as the mandatory source for the acquisition and operation of the Mobile Health Care Service vehicles to respect the differing views of Congresspersons.

            (9) Emphasis that the bill is not a population control measure.

           (10) Parents are given the option not to allow their minor children to attend reproductive health and sexuality education classes to accord respect to religious convictions and beliefs.

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