RH proponents asked to keep up vigilance to ensure funding

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Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has expressed fears the reproductive health (RH) law may not be effectively implemented if it is not be given the proper appropriation in the national budget.

“Funding will always be a contentious battleground in the implementation of the RH law. Without adequate appropriation, the RH law will be reduced to a fossilized policy, a Jurassic shibboleth,” said Lagman in a speech at a gathering last week of the Forum for Family Planning and Development, which recognized him as its 7th Eminent Person for his role in the RH law’s passage.

Lagman was the RH law’s main author in the House of Representatives.

He said that to guarantee that the law would receive proper funding and implementation, RH advocates must support congressional candidates supportive of the measure.

“It is our common concern to have pro-RH legislators elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate to assure a continuing and requisite appropriation for the RH law. The threat of rejection at the polls must be obliterated by a positive campaign for electoral mandates for kindred and qualified candidates,” he said.

Under the RH law, the budget for its implementation would come from the funding for the RH, family planning and responsible parenthood programs under the Department of Health (DOH) and other concerned agencies.

Additional funds to upgrade obstetric and newborn facilities, the training and deployment of skilled health providers, other related services and family planning commodity requirements would have to be included in the general appropriations in subsequent years. The national and local governments’ gender and development funds may also be used to implement the RH law.

One of the contentions of RH law critics is that the money to be spent on its programs, such as the purchase of contraceptives, would be better used on other public services.

Lagman also said RH advocates must keep tabs on the constitutional challenges pending in the Supreme Court against the law, the promulgation of the law’s implementing rules and regulations, and the law’s faithful implementation.

The DOH leads the committee that will draft the implementing rules and regulations, with the support of nongovernment organizations.

With Health Secretary Enrique Ona and RH advocate groups behind them, Lagman does not think the RH law would “depreciate” after the promulgation of the implementing rules and regulations.

“We have an outstandingly good law which deserves a successful, an errant-less implementation. We, who shepherded the enactment of the reproductive health law, must oversee its faithful implementation,” he said.

The RH law seeks to distribute contraceptives and make other family planning methods available for free, giving priority to the poor.

It also provides for age-appropriate mandatory reproductive health and sexuality education in the public schools.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    …FUNDING is IT….

    Hahahahahahaha! Ang mga matatalinong Pinoy (daw), naloko lang ng isang abnoy.
    Hahahahahahaha! 

  • just_anotherperson

    RH Opponents should also keep up vigilance to prevent the waste of funds.

  • generalproblem

    galman madali lang naman yan eh ang dami nyong bomoto sa senado at congress di balato nyo na sa RH bill funding ang mga pork barrel nyo. ewan ko lang kung papayag kayo

  • Garote

    Like a fish, Lagman is caught by his own mouth. So Mr. Lagman it’s money after all.  . . the BUDGET for the RH law. Not the welfare of our Filipino women, not the welfare of the nation, but your own welfare to enrich yourself. How much has been promised to you by the pharmaceutical companies? Hundreds of millions? Money-faced @ssh0le!

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    naglalabas na…THIS IS ALL ABOUT MONEY…AND THE DRUG COMPANIES WILL BE MORE RICHER…

    500 MILLION PESOS WORTH OF CONDOMS AND OTHER CONTRACEPTIVES???PARA KANINO???IPAMIMIGAY SA MGA MALILIBOG NA MGA FILIPINO…THESE DRUG COMPANIES ARE GETTING RICHER EVERYTIME PEOPLE HAVE SEX…AT MAY LIBRENG ADVERTISEMENT, THAT IS THRU SEX EDUCATION…

    AND LAGMAN MUST BE SMILING MUCH…MAGKANO KAYA NAKUHA NIYANG SOP SA MGA MULTI NATIONAL COMPANIES NA ITO…AND THESE PRO RH R TRYING TO PROTECT LAGMAN AS HE BECOMES RICHER….

    SI LAGMAN BA ANG MAY ARI NG MISIBIS BAY AND RESORT SA ALBAY???ALMOST A BILLION NA ANG PROPERTIES NA UN….WORLD CLASS…POWER, MONEY, POLITICS, AND KONTING PANG UTO SA MGA TAO WILL MAKE U RICHER…TSK TSK TSK

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    kung 500 million ang budget sa condom ngaun taon..ilan classrooms na kaya un??cgurado, mawawala na ang mga street children sa manila…in the end, mga malilibog lang ang ma bebenipisyuhan…at ang mga drug companies…

  • Fulpol

    Pia Cayetano, will second the motion in Senate…

    may downpayment na bang na-received sina Pia at Edcel? kung meron, talagang i-push nila ang funding ng RH Law…

    kung hindi, lagot itong dalawa..

  • speaksoftlylove

    Immediately after the RH bill became a law, we saw the pictures of both Lagman and Pia Cayetano published in mainstream media for more than a week, flaunting to high heavens as if they were experiencing the best orgasmic experience in lives. Now, here is the condescending Lagman feigning alarm because now he learns that the high heavens is telling him that “there are many ways to kill a cat.” Wag ka ng mabahala kunwari Lagman dahil alam naman naming kumita kayo ng limpak limpak galing sa mga multi national drug company lobbyists, paepek ka pa dyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    DAMASO WAG MO HAWAKAN ANG GOBYERNO SA LEEG CBCP BISHOPS GUS2 MAG PARAMI NG BATANG HUBO AKALA SIGURO NI BISHOPS PINAS POULTRY NG MGA BATANG HUBO SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO SALOT PWE!

    • philip hernaez

      kamag-anak ka ni carlos celdran?

  • joshua kings

    heto na! 
    the vultures are now waiting on the side to devour taxpayers’ money, in billions of pesos..
    big money which could have been spent to promote life than the death.  big money which could have been used to build homes for the homeless, food on the table of so many hungry, medicines and healthcare for those who hardly or could not afford it, education for the youth that may catapult the nation to progress, etc…
    yan ang tunay na salot na mananalasa na sa bansang pilipinas….
    susunod na salot: divorce; ‘tapos, legalized abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage….
    yan ang bunga ng mapanglinlang na mga pulitiko, lider ng gobyerno, kakutsaba ang mga vested interests like the planned parenthood, at saka big corporations….
    remember this 5, 10, 20 years from now, and say, “oh joshua kings was right….
    on ash wednesday, feb 13, the catholic laity will be told this: “repent and believe in the Gospel.”

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    yahoonews….

    Singapore’s government has
    laid out a vision for sustaining the tiny city-state’s economic growth,
    predicting that it will have to accept a continued influx of foreign workers
    while it tries to persuade its citizens to have more children.

    In
    a long-awaited white paper published on Tuesday, the government forecast that
    its population would grow by up to 30 per cent, to 6.9m by 2030.
    Of that, up to 36 per
    cent, or 2.5m, would have to be made up of foreign workers, or what it called
    “non-residents”, as Singapore tries to balance a shrinking working-age
    population and low birth rate with the need to have enough workers to maintain economic growth.

    Yet that influx comes as Singapore’s ruling party
    is already grappling with one of its biggest
    challenges in decades: persuading a population uneasy with a growing number of
    foreigners and ballooning housing costs, in a country only slightly larger than
    London, that some level of immigration is needed to sustain the economy.

    At the same time as it
    says it needs more foreign workers, the government has recently curbed the
    number of foreigners allowed to work in Singapore. Those limits – which have
    intensified in recent months amid popular unease and a series of hard-fought
    local elections – have started to hit foreign investors.

    Foreign workers currently
    make up 28 per cent of a total population of 5.3m.

    Some foreign companies
    have reported difficulties obtaining approval for employment passes for
    non-Singaporeans. The European Chamber of Commerce has just completed a survey
    of its members on the issue, with results expected within weeks.

    The government is also
    trying to boost worker productivity and to encourage its citizens to have more
    babies, warning of a “hollowing out” of the island nation’s population if the
    birth rate does not rise.

    Last week, it unveiled a
    S$2bn ($1.6bn) package of incentives to encourage people to marry and
    reproduce. That was a 25 per cent increase on an existing package of similar
    measures.

    Such issues have become a
    challenge for the continued legitimacy of
    the ruling People’s Action party (PAP), after years in which Singapore’s electorate has generally
    rewarded the government’s management of the economy at the ballot box.

    However, last weekend, the
    PAP suffered a shock defeat in a by-election. The PAP’s candidate lost
    heavily to the main opposition Workers’ Party, whose campaign blamed the
    government’s immigration policy for high housing prices and breakdowns on
    congested public transport.

    The government’s white
    paper warns that the number of citizens aged 65 and above will triple by 2030
    and the number of those of working age, between 20 and 64, would decline from
    2020.

    “It will become
    increasingly difficult to grow our workforce through our citizen population
    alone, unless we succeed in reversing the declining fertility trend,” the
    paper, produced by the office of prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, said.

    A shrinking working-age
    population would mean “a less vibrant and innovative economy”, while companies
    might not find enough workers, the paper said.

    “Business activity would
    slow, and job and employment opportunities would shrink,” it added.

    Michael Wan, economist at
    Credit Suisse, said that with the government projecting gross domestic product
    growth averaging 2-4 per cent over the rest of the decade, Singapore had “set
    itself an ambitious target” of 2-3 per cent annual productivity growth from
    2010 to 2020.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7IU5QQJC3OGNAAOBGIONNRCXZ4 Jay

       I cant understand why people keep on comparing the Philippines with other wealthy countries and citing population as the reason for the sucess.

      On the contrary, these countries such and Singapore and the UAE are wealth nations because
      1) They have a strategic advantage in terms of location or
      2) They have petroleum

      Furthermore, there is good governance and transparency in these countires and they can boast this. Their citizens also enjoy a HIGH standard of living. (although Singaporeans dont like all the crowding). You can come up with all your facts and figures and try to work out Voodoo Math as I call it to try to justify the large population. But unless there is some advantge in the Philippines a large polulation in our case WILL be unsustainable.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    NO TO CAYETANO AND HONTIVEROS IN THE SENATE…DO NOT VOTE FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE FUNDED BY MULTI NATIONAL DRUG COMPANIES FOR THE APPORVAL OF RH BILL..

    NO TO BAM AQUINO…A POLITICAL DYNASTY…

    • catmanjohn

      Crawl back up Arroyo’s rear end, Lackey worm. The price of a condom is far less than the price the Nation has to pay for an unwanted child who will most likely end up becoming a criminal or some drag on the Nations attempt to get the poor out of poverty. Singapore and the Philippines are two different Nations, like day and night, and they imprison criminals, including politicians, unlike here in the PH. 

  • speaksoftlylove

    O hayan na mga pharmaceutical companies, get the cue straight from Lagman? “Keep vigilance to insure funding” daw. Kaya lumusob na kayo sa Kongreso kaagad at ng mapunduhan na yang RH law para naman di mabibitin yong monthly “tongpats” nina Lagman, Cayetano, Santiago, at iba.

  • rodben

    Mr. Lagman para kyong pumunta sa palingki na kulang pambili ng ulam, where is the PORKBARREL of those Honorables who vote this bill? Just asking.

  • rodben

    In Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other countries manage very well by there gov’t are kept on hiring people around the globe instead of reducing because its a big help to there economy, in Pinas we need honest and serious managers in the gov’t not propagandist, so what happen now ….the Tongresman are now facing headache where to get these BIG FUND TO THESE STUPID RH LAW… WEAK UP AMIGOS. Hope another Macoy or Diosdao Macapagal will come -up to save this country.

  • rodben

    WOW…… 500milyon peso just in condom fund by these gov’t how much commission? Then later these condom will delivered to all health clinic nation wide just one time in a year costing only 100milyon…WOOOOW ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES….NO CORRUPTION..HAH..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO CBCP BISHOPS GUS2 MAG PARAMI NG BATANG HUBO! ANO AKALA NILA SA PINAS POULTRY NG MGA BATANG HUBO SALOT DOROVO OBISPO

  • joerizal

    Wala palang pera, sayang.

  • Hfxwst

    The majority have spoken, and the law was rightfully passed into law.

    The Bishops have the platforms for their pulpits to speak to Catholics and then it is a personal choice.  Otherwise it would be considered a religious intrusion on non Catholics by the CBCP and that should be considered illegal.  We should consider religious intrusion a criminal act – after all freedom of religion is a Right and those who seek to abuse that Right should be punished severely 

    Are we a free and democratic country, or are we not?

  • catmanjohn

    Mr. Lagman words have substance that the People should lend support to. The availability of low income housing should also be included, making provisions to couples who commit to having 2 children a preferential incentive to fill such housing provided. The RH Bill is a team effort, where all sides compromise for the progress of the Nation. The Wealthy fear this since they must reciprocate by supporting social policies that favor a more fair redistribution of the Nation’s wealth, and thus use the guise of religion to cover their sins.

    • philip hernaez

      fair redistribution of Nations’ wealth???  kelan kaya iyon….pahamak tlg ang mga pro-Rh n yan…ngayon, mgpi-piyesta na ang mga buwaya.

      • catmanjohn

        What is it about having a stronger middle class that scares the corrupt?
        In some cultures, to be called a buwaya is a compliment… the corrupt politicians in the PH are more like vultures, and in NO way put the fear of God into me.

  • farmerpo

    All it takes is to redirect the flow of MOOeeee and a little bit of pork lard. The biggest problem is will the honorables be willing of lose part of their take, just for Johnny of the Cross?  I doubt it very much. Look for another source.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    tiba-tiba na naman ng pera…hahaha. 

  • ThudOthwacker

    LOL There you go! It’s all about FUNDS!! I knew this guy has a different agenda. Remember the La Mesa dam housing? Risking water contamination for his 5% pro-bono.   

  • 444mangyan888

    hehe…Let us make sure now that the condoms to be distributed by the govt will be those manufactured locally by companies owned by workers cooperatives.
    And the contraceptives be strictly generic. No branded ones. and that they also are manufactured locally..!!!
    We hope that an enabling law will be passed for this purpose. Para yung mga lagay ng mga MNCs lobbyist eh mabukayu sa mukha nina Cayetano at Lagman..!!!

  • philip hernaez

    “A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” 
    ― Theodore Roosevelt

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    CBCP admits they have more than 200 PEDOPHILE priests in their ranks.

    That is your Moral Compass.

    • philip hernaez

      atleast, the CBCP is  honest. 

  • josefe38

    BAKIT  MR. LAGMAN, KINUKULIT KA NA BA SA MGA MULTI-NATIONAL DRUG COMPANIES NA NAGBIGAY SA IYO NG  “PASASALAMAT”. DAPAT LANG NA ALAGANG-ALAGA MO TALAGA MGA AMO MONG CONDOM AT PILLS MANUFACTURERS KAYA DAPAT LAGI KANG VIGILANT SA BUDGET PARA CONDOM. 

    HANDANG HANDA NA ANG DELIVERY NG MGA EPEKTOS, KULANG NALANG ANG PAMBAYAD KAYA PATULONG KA NI PIA AT ABNOY. TOTOK TALAGA HA? DI NA BALE WALANG MA SAING BASTA TULOY TULOY LANG ANG HALUKAYAN AT BAYUHAN SA KAMA.

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