Posts Tagged ‘Epilogue’

RH Law to be Implemented Starting Easter Sunday

By Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
8:03 pm | Friday, March 15th, 2013

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Calling it a “momentous event” in the history of health care in the country, the Department of Health approved on Friday the implementing rules and regulations of the Reproductive Health Law.

The controversial law’s full implementation begins on Easter Sunday.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the signing of the implementing rules and regulations of the “Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012” was vital in the implementation of the government’s Universal Health Care program to reduce maternal deaths and improve overall reproductive health outcomes.
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RH Law: The Long and Rough Road

POSTED ON 12/28/2012 6:15 PM | UPDATED 01/02/2013 1:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen years and 4 months since it was first filed in Congress, the Philippines has enacted a law funding the distribution of free contraceptives, requiring government hospitals to provide reproductive health (RH) services, and mandating public schools to teach sex education.

It’s not a perfect law. The delivery of RH services remains the primary responsbility of the national government – not local government units – and optional for most private hospitals. Except in special cases, minors need parental consent to access family planning methods. Sex education is also optional for private schools.

Still, it’s a big leap for the Philippines where the powerful Catholic Church launched a war against “evil” contraceptives. The new law illegalizes contraception bans previously in place in Manila City and posh community Ayala, Alabang.

It was a long and rough road to the passage of the RH bill. It’s a culmination of the hard work of a battalion of RH advocates – inside and outside Congress – and a President who stepped up to complete the job. (READ: Aquino on RH bill: From half-baked to urgent)

It was impossible without the allies of President Benigno Aquino III in the Liberal Party (LP) – both in the Senate and the House of Representatives – who worked their magic to get the final votes needed to pass the measure.

It was a harder battle in the House than the Senate. The truth is it could have lost if not for the series of calculated moves taken to keep it alive.
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