‘Poor’ Luzon province enacts RP’s first repro health code
[excerpts from Sunstar Cebu /Sunday, March 19, 2006 ]
National legislators are struggling to implement reproductive health (RH) laws, partly because of the Catholic Church’s opposition, but one province has succeeded in passing the first RH Code in the country.
The province of Aurora in Central Luzon, one of the 20 poorest provinces in the country, passed an RH Code last year, and is working on the implementing rules and regulations.
Aurora Vice Gov. Annabelle Tangson presented her province’s RH Code during the Second Philippine Health and Environment (PHE) National Conference held in Cebu this week.
Tangson is the author of Aurora’s provincial ordinance that provides for the creation of the Aurora Reproductive Health Care Code.
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Mindanao legislators urged to act on population bill
[excerpts from MindaNews / April 22 2006 / by Walter I. Balane]
DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao officials have to take local actions for the passage of a law on reproductive health and population management, according to Senator Rodolfo Biazon and Bukidnon 1st district Rep. Nereus Acosta.
Biazon and Acosta encouraged local legislators to follow the example of the Province of Aurora, which passed a Reproductive Health Care Ordinance in 2005, the first in the country, amid strong opposition from local organizations...
Both legislators cited the strong opposition from the Roman Catholic Church as a major hindrance to the passage of the law.
“We cannot just stop and wait for Congress and Senate, we have to do something,” Aurora vice governor Annabelle Tangson said.
Tangson heads the Local Legislators’ League of Population, Health, Environment and Development (3LPHED).
The group launched a signature campaign in support of the bills together with the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD)...