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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. ...
GAB and Education Print
Press Release
Saturday, 03 November 2007 00:00

The education sector gets a hefty augmentation of P6.436 billion in the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for 2008 which the House of Representatives is expected to approve on third and final reading on November 13, 2007.

This was disclosed by Albay Representative Edcel C. Lagman, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.

According to Lagman, the budget of the Department of Education (Dep-Ed) was increased by P5.273 billion from an original allocation of P145.975 billion, while P1.162 billion was added to the outlay of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

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Men and Maternal Health Print
Press Release
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

“Men should be men enough to ensure that no woman should die giving life.” This was the challenge made by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman to the all-male participants of the “Men’s Congress” on maternal health and safe motherhood sponsored by the Quezon City Council on Population (QCCP) on 17 October 2007.

Lagman, a staunch women’s rights and reproductive health advocate, enjoined the participants to actively involve themselves in matters pertaining to family planning and responsible parenthood.

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Budget Approval on 2nd Reading Print
Press Release
Friday, 12 October 2007 00:00

The House of Representatives in record time approved on second reading the P1.227 trillion nation budget but augmented appropriations for health, education, agriculture, public safety and security, assistance to OFWs and prisoners, and infrastructure.

Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, said that “while the House maintained the expenditure level proposed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it cut from within the projected appropriations to assure additional allotments for social services and infrastructure to the tune of more than P30-B.”

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