Lagman claims RH Law can help mitigate climate change

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Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Not only was it designed to protect and promote the reproductive health and rights of Filipinos, the Reproductive Health Law is also a good calamity risk reduction strategy, its principal author in the House of Representatives said on Monday.

In his keynote address during a forum entitled Establishing the Links between RH, Population and Climate Change, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman noted how he had “always maintained that the absence of a comprehensive and national policy on RH also contributed to the level of devastation and impact of climate change on the lives of people.”

The legislator said that preventing environmental degradation did not need to be costly nor should it be limited to green technologies.

“Since a huge population and calamities are fatal partners, the mitigation of the population growth rate as a logical consequence of promoting universal access to reproductive health and family planning, will enhance the Philippines’ positive response to climate change mitigation and adaptation,” said Lagman.

“(The RH law) is truly an effective development tool that will simultaneously aid government in addressing problems relating to population, reproductive health and climate change,” he added.

He cited a paper published by the London School of Economics (LSE) in August 2009 entitled Reducing Future Carbon Emissions by Investing in Family Planning: A Cost/Benefit Analysis which stated that “family planning is considerably cheaper than many low carbon technologies” and that “family planning is a cost effective tool in reducing carbon emissions.”

He also cited the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s definition of climate change as “change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity” and listed the following relevant impacts of the new law on reducing calamities:

  1. Upholding the basic human right to reproductive self-determination wherein couples and women are empowered to freely and responsibly determine the number and spacing of their children, thus mitigating the population growth rate.

  1. Enabling couples and women to fulfill their fertility goals. Studies have shown that the gap between wanted and actual fertility rates is alarmingly high in women in the poorest quintile. According to the 2006 Family Planning Survey, an average of 44% of pregnancies in the poorest 10% of Filipino women are unwanted.

  1. Increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR).  Again, the FPS 2006 reveals that contraceptive use remains extremely low among poor women whose families are at greatest risk during disasters. Among the poorest 20% of women, over 50% do not use any form of family planning because of lack of information and access to services and commodities.

  1. Decreasing teenage pregnancies as a result of age and development-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education. Despite the drop in teen marriages, teenage pregnancies in the country have increased by 65% over a 10-year period from 2000-2010 according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Plan Philippines. Teenage pregnancy in the Philippines is among the highest in the world.

  1. Decreasing migration as fewer children exert less pressure on parents to seek the elusive “greener pasture” in urban centers.

Generating more savings from lesser government intervention and expenditure for pregnancy and maternity-related health services which savings can be channeled to climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and facilities.

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  • Thomas Aquinas

    The father of lies promises everything to capture the soul of man. 

    • wildUbuntu

      Same can be said to those hypocrites in the Church

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

        stupid-me di ka pa rin nakapansin sa panloloko ni Lagman at kasamahan. Many countries are now suffering due to grey and dwindling population and dysfunctional families, di ka pa rin nakapansin. Di ka naman talaga as what your alias would like you to appear!

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “Many countries are now suffering due to grey and dwindling population”

        name one and tell me how they greatly they are suffering. Are they in danger of extinction? Have they even reached equilibrium? Just exactly how are they suffering. Do they have enough to eat? Do they have enough to repopulate should they need to?

        “…and dysfunctional families”

        it happens to all countries where there is an institution like marriage. Name one country that hasn’t had dysfunctional families.

      • Jane Tan

        Lol much better they live in poverty and resort to working in other countries. That seems to be a more productive version of a dysfunctional family.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        hahahah.

        live united in squalor.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ive lived in one of these countries you are talking about and we love the so called dwindling population. it is nice to have a lot of elbow room  and being to move without someone there. i lived in some of the states that had the least people and its great to see the wild animals and clean forests. ive seen as many or more dysfuntional families here. at least the kids werent digging garbage or begging in the streets

      • Jane Tan

        That’s because they have the JOBS to support the people. Why do you think people are so underpaid in the Philippines? Because you can throw a stone in any direction and you’ll be able to find atleast 20-30 more people who can do the same job and are willing to be paid less than you.

      • philip hernaez

        the government should should create jobs…

  • rising_phoenix40

    “The father of lies [priest/bishop] promises [heaven] to capture the soul of man.” 

    • philip hernaez

      Atheist k ba?

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    “…to that extent?”

    Hahahahahahaha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Grabe itong si Lagman akala niya ang mga Pinoy ay mga tanga!!! Nalinlang na nilaang Kongreso at si Pnoy, sige hirit ka pa para mapaso ka. Sana the Supreme Court will redeem itself by declaring the RH law as unconstitutional!!!!

    • Jane Tan

      \Grabe itong si Lagman akala niya ang mga Pinoy ay mga tanga!!!\

      Hinde ba? May sampung anak ka na at nahihirapan ka na pakainin sila pero may gana ka pa gumawa? If that isn’t stupid, I don’t know what is.

  • Tnosce

    Siguro parating  eto si Edcel na nonood ng foreign sci-fi movies ” Population Zero ” no more trace of human carbon left on earth ang gusto niya palibhasa matanda na at payao narin siya sasama pa niya ang mga inocente.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

    The RH Bill a climate change risk reduction tool? hhha. Amazing! So why is it very cold at this time of the year? I don’t think its because of the RH bill. The US has been practicing extreme population control for a long time (abortion, abortifacients), and yet all they get are increasing tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, and not the other way around. Bakit lalong sumasama ang panahon sa kabila ng mga 50M unborn babies they have already aborted? Climate change happens every second. That is why we have heat and cold, summer, rainy season etc. Climate change also happens when you put on the air conditioner – the climate inside the room gets cooler. If there were no climate change, then we will only experience one or two extreme seasons at the most. That is why we always need climate change – it is good for life. As to increasing extreme weather conditions, you notice that its not just the weather that’s going bad but also the earth. There is also a spike in the occurence of higher magnitude earthquakes which is unrelated to any man-made climate change. The earth is not a closed system like a can so that excess heat cannot dissipate into outer space. Rather the more plausible explanation for extreme weather are solar activity, solar irradiance, and cosmic radiation that affects the earth and the sun as the solar system transits through the galaxy in areas where there may not be more stellar dust that shield us from the cosmic rays coming out of the galactic center. But some people (like Algur) and a Congressmen are just so simplistic (and naive) they now think the RH Bill is a tool to fight extreme weather/climate change. hha

    • Jane Tan

      L2read – “response to climate change mitigation and adaptation”

      It has nothing to with changing the weather. Its more on being much more able to adapt to sudden climate changes and mitigate the effects of natural disasters should they occur.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      compared to the over 500000 abortions that happen here every year according to government stats, america is 1 million a  year but has a population over 3 times more. latin america abortion rate compared to america is 3 to 1.. what explains the increase in teen pregnancies. everywhere i go i see 13 and 14 year old girls who are expecting. of course i dont live in a city just among the poor/ maybe its different in the city, but i can tell every year its getting worse..as for abortion im not saying people shoud get one. but im 100 percent in favor of birth control since i come from a contry that has it and it is nothing like the mess you see here.

      • Jane Tan

        Lol… a 13-17 year old pregnant girl is not unusual in Metro Manila. You’ll see atleast 1-2 when you spend the day in a mall.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        there is one high school in the mountains where 90 percent of the girls are pregnant. i blame a lot of the problem on cell phones. my wife has lost 3 cousins who were maids. they were to help their families but buy a cell phone start talking some guy disappear come back 6 months later pregnant.1 girl left because she thought the worldwould end and she wanted to have sex before that happened. she now has a baby and no man. such is life among the boonies.

      • philip hernaez

        so tell them to ask their bf’s to use condoms? is that the solution….the guidance of their parents is what they need.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

        There sure are Crazy abortions going on in our country but its not 500,000 cases per year. It’s just a few thousands. It’s just not part of our culture. Our culture is not yet the culture of death like those in the West where killing the unborn is just like killing a chicken for many. Sure we do have some abortions but they exist in some dark stinky hidden place where people are afraid of the light. (At least we still have light here). But its not 500,000 that you say. Only a few thousands. Maybe if you include those using condoms (which is not abortion). Wherever did you get that figure crazy horse? I know that the horses used to die like 500,000 per year in their heyday but not the unborn babies here in the Phils. But what is crazier still is to say that the RH Bill is a tool to fight climate change. Who said that?

      • Jane Tan

        I agree. It’s so much better letting them wither away out on the streets, or maybe get hit by a car or better yet, grow-up impoverished and needy, and in a severe act of desperation, turn to a life of crime where they procure a gun and shoot another businessman in the head, destroying yet another business that gives jobs to the people.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        go on the internet and look up abortions philippines. hope you can readas for climate change im no expert. i live in the boonies among the poor and everyday i see suffering. diseased children children potbellied from worms; had parents trying to give me or sell me their kids and it gets worse every year. anyway i dont pull figures out of the air i write what is written and how would you know do you live among the poor who are doing this and many cases are dying. they give abortions  here all the time.dont tell me what can see.maybe 5000 in the city but this is the real world

      • philip hernaez

        500,000..that record is a lie…

  • mememine

    Deny this: REAL planet lovers are happy a crisis was just a tragic exaggeration.
    You can’t have a “little tiny catastrophic” climate crisis outside of Harry Potter movies so how close to the point of no return from complete unstoppable warming will science take us before they start saying the climate change CRISIS will actually happen as in imminent or impending or inevitable or certain or unavoidable or assured or guaranteed or even just “will happen” instead of their “might” and “could” happen.“Help my house could be on fire maybe.” NOT ONE single IPCC report says it “WILL” happen, only “might” happen and “likely” happen etc. The worst crisis imaginable needs certainty, not “maybe”.
    Climate change was a war crime and some day condemning billions of children to an exaggerated crisis will see justice done.

    Get ahead of the curve and get up to date:

    *Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of
    the Unions addresses.

    *In all of the debates Obama hadn’t planned to mention climate
    change once.

    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of
    demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets ruled by
    corporations and trustworthy politicians

    *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying
    prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning
    us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

    Meanwhile, the entire world of SCIENCE, lazy copy and paste
    news editors and obedient journalists, had condemned our kids to the greenhouse
    gas ovens of an exaggerated “crisis” and had allowed bank-funded and
    corporate-run “CARBON TRADING STOCK MARKETS” to trump 3rd world fresh water
    relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 26 years of
    insane attempts at climate CONTROL.

  • mememine

    A climate change “believer” is liberalism’s version of a bible thumping pro-lifer. Both are faith based; faith in science, and faith in Jesus. Science gave us pesticides and Jesus gave us neocons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Climate change has not been completely understood and scientists are still probing on several aspects other than destruction and damage. London School of Economics is not THE voice that speaks for the entire world. “As many as there are theories in economics is the same number of economists making conflicting predictions” is a common self-realization of economists said in jest but ironically is the predicament of analysts on economic forecasts trying their best to tie loose ends when different schools of thought struggle to prove their point.

    So, if Congressman Edcel Lagman has simply swallowed everything he reads, it is no great wonder that his arguments to defend the contraception law have all been rehashed from allegedly reputable international sources. We are doomed if Filipinos will just take this latest caper of ridiculous claim that smaller family size can mitigate climate change. The first order of condoms and pills that will arrive our shores will be the first “tsunami” of moral decay that will hit this country. When the youth will be “educated” about safe sex and protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies on their single dates or when married individuals will experiment on new partners, that will be the deadliest “earthquake” to rock the moral foundation of the family. 

    The “climate change” had already begun with the passage of the RH law. The change in the climate of the domestic home from serenity to calamity. Watch out for it. And, you do not have to be an economist to see that it shall happen.

    • Jane Tan

      The same way people just swallow everything the CBCP says?

      CBCP: The RH Bill is bad.
      Me: Why?
      CBCP: Because it is.
      Me: But, why is it?
      CBCP: Because God says its bad.

      I’d rather listen to, as you put it, “allegedly reputable international sources” than a simple “because God says its bad”. If God were to say such a thing without a logical reason, He wouldn’t have given us a brain to begin with.

      I also find it funny that you think the RH Bill is the “first tsunami of moral decay that will hit this country” when prostitution is “legal”, when this country is well-known to sex-tourists, when child-prostitution and sex with minors still happen in this day and age, when teenage pregnancies are very common here.

      I find myself wondering if your “morals” are simply there when you need them.

      • philip hernaez

        yes it is. iyong anak mo at anak ng kapatid mo  eh magkindatan lang okey na kc my condom nmn. ..wala silang takot..

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

    CBCP BISHOPS GUS2 MAG PARAMI NG MGA BATANG HUBO SA KALYE AKALA PINAS POULTRY NG MGA BATANG HUBO GUS2 NATURAL PLANTING AYAW NILA MAG CONTROL ANG MGA TAO MGA SALOT NA OBISPO SINABI NI CRISTO PANGALAGAAN MO PINARARAMI MO! KAYA NGA NAN JAN ANG MEDICAL SCENCE OBISPO UTAK TALANGKA

    • philip hernaez

      hoy celdran!!! pumunta k doon sa loob ng mosque at doon ka amgdala k ng palakard mo! tepok ka!

  • speaksoftlylove

    Nagdiliryo na yata ang mamang ito, ang dami ng nahawa kay PNoy sa pagiisip. Climate change is a cosmic phenomenon to all the planets in the solar system, including Pluto which is in fact, travelling away from the sun. All the planets are heating up four times in the past decade. Earth is just lucky that we have a unique Van Allen Belt which protects us from the plasma rays released by the sun’s solar burst which now became a monthly phenomenon. If the heating up of other planets like Venus or Mars happened on earth, then we would have been fried ten years ago. But the effects of those solar burst still penetrate into the earth’s core thereby heating it up thus we have a global climate change or temperature change. Besides, the daily tilting of the earth now becomes so erratic which contributes to abrupt climate change. Consider this, if climate change is due to earth’s pollution or man made then why are the ice caps in the North Pole are melting while those of the South Pole are increasing? Yong mga naniniwala pa rin na ang climate change ay kagagawan ng tao ay mga timang. And worse, this desperate congressman author of the RH law has some unique unimaginable connection between climate change and RH law. Oisst Lagman, the only connection between the two is that you lost your appetite to have sex when it is too hot or humid unless papasok ka sa air conditioned hotel. Stop acting like a desperate comedian.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I3K4SYV5W3GFL2UXIR5MNM3EMM KCB-123

    Do you have scientific explanation of your claim? Mag Viagra ka na lang Lagman

  • chetespino

    What we’ve been saying all along: RH is really a population control measure disguised as a health program. It offers no solution to the real problem, which is congestion in the metropolis, not overpopulation. 

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

    More People, More Trash.

    SIMPLE.

  • philip hernaez

    HINDI MAKAKARATING ANG CONDOMS AT PILLS N YAN SA MAHIHIRAP!  GALING AKO SA PROBINSYA AT ANAK NG ISANG MAHIRAP!!! ALANGAN NMN EVERYDAY EH SUPLAYAN SILA NG GOBYERNO NG PILLS AT CONDOMS,D B? 
    CGURADO AKO HEAVEN NA HEAVEN ANG PAKIRAMDAM NG MGA KURATONG N YAN SA GOBYERNO KC MAY NANANAKAWIN N NMN CLA.

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

    MGA CBCP BISHOPS MGA HIPOKRITO MGA NAG JAJAKOL NG PALIHIM SA BANYO DAPAT MAG PADALA NG MEDICAL TEAM SA LOOB NG BANYO NILA PAG MAY NAKITA SPERM SA KUBETA NILA IPAKULONG ANG MGA HIPOKRITO! BANAL NA ASO LIGAYANG LIGAYANG MAG DYAKOL YANG MGA KILL JOY NA OBISPO HIMPOKRITO! O KAYA PALAG YAN ANG BUONG BAHAY NG OBISPO NG CAMERA PAG NAG DIYAKOL IPAKULONG! SIGURADO AKO WALA MATITIRA JAN! PURO JAKULERO YAN MGA YAN SABIHIN MO NAG SISINUNGALING AKO TAMAAN KA NG KIDLAD SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO!

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