RH Bill Anniversary in Baguio
April 11, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – Principal sponsor of Republic Act 10354 or the Reproductive Health (RH) bill Representative Edcel Lagman pointed out five aspects for its implementation during the first year commemoration since being deemed “constitutional,” last Wednesday at People’s Park.
A massive national multi-media information drive to awaken awareness of the public for reproductive health;
The involvement of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the choice of legal and medically safe contraceptives, specially for the marginalized sector of society;
The Department of Health as principal implementing agency to provide family planning supplies for the local government units, as mandated;
Access to said supplies; and the implementation of RH education for adolescents in public and private schools, as coordinated and supervised by the Department of Education, Lagman said.
The RA is deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court and should be implemented after an “epic struggle,” where we worked with hearts and minds, Lagman said.
Purple-clad Lagman spoke before the public, artist and women’s groups, also in purple accessories, their chosen color.
Representative Lisa Hontiveros, who also fought for RA 10354’s approval said it is a continuing debate as there is a daily struggle for it implementation. This includes issues about gender sensitivity, women and childrens’ health and rights, adolescents’ concerns, she said. She, however noted the support from the health department.
Secretary to the Mayor Rafael Tallocoy, who spoke in behalf of the mayor, noted that responsible parenthood goes hand-in-hand with reproductive health.
Rose Fortaleza, Population on Commission (PopCom) Regional Director also declared that the agency shall coordinate and support with the local government units as to the RH bill’s full implementation.
A parade at Session road followed the program at People’s Park, with the tying of purple ribbon. A forum was done later with topics on: Family Planning and Development; State of RH and the Promise of the RH law; youth situationer; fulfilling the promise of the RH law; and working with the government.
A ceremonial signing of commitment to the RH law capped the celebration./Julie G. Fianza