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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 "Anti-Campaigns" Print
Press Release
Tuesday, 13 November 2007 00:00

The General Appropriations Bill (GAB) approved on Monday by the House of Representatives prioritizes four “anti-campaigns” of the government on tuberculosis, the drug menace, money laundering and poverty.

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

Lagman said that basic social services on education, health and social welfare and development, which principally benefit the poor, have a combined budgetary increase of P14.3 billion over their respective proposed allocations in the National Expenditure Program (NEP).

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GAB and Health Print
Press Release
Monday, 05 November 2007 00:00

The health sector shared top billing with education among the social services which received highly significant budgetary increases from the House of Representatives in the 2008 General Appropriations Bill (GAB).

Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, said that the amount of P6.812 billion was added to the outlays for free medical assistance to indigent patients, reproductive health and family planning, LGU contributions for PhilHealth coverage of poor families, anti-tuberculosis campaign, subsidy to specialty hospitals and financial assistance to local hospitals, procurement of medical equipment and construction and repair of hospital units, among others.

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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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