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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. ...
On Abalos' Resignation Print
Press Statements
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

The resignation of embattled Comelec Commissioner Benjamin Abalos sets a welcome precedent for public officials who are embroiled in serious controversies to voluntarily terminate their incumbency in deference to public interest.

Resignation is neither an admission of culpability nor an excuse for impunity.

Abalos’ resignation liberates the House of Representatives from another time consuming and contentious impeachment proceedings which may end up as an exercise in futility because of his impending retirement in February 2008.

On The Conviction of Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada Print
Press Statements
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

The conviction of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada of plunder upholds the guiding principles of a democratic system on the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and accountability of public officials.

It doubtless shows that no man is above the law, not even its highest and most powerful implementor. It is a recognition of the reality that the victims of plunder are the people – the intended beneficiaries who are deprived of adequate social services from which were diverted the resources plundered.

Record Growth Rate in GDP Print
Press Statements
Saturday, 01 September 2007 00:00

The record growth rate in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is real but the burdensome population expansion and huge debt service are likewise real, thus negating the beneficent effects of economic growth.

The twin problems of excessive population growth and debt service derail and dilute the expected trickle down effect of economic growth.

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