[In the news] OPINION | RH bill is for the poor, most of all – Cabinet HDPR Cluster -www.interaksyon.com

OPINION | RH bill is for the poor, most of all – Cabinet HDPR Cluster
By Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction
August 5, 2012

(The Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) Cabinet Cluster has issued a paper strongly endorsing the President’s position on “responsible parenthood.” Below is its full text)

In the President’s recent State of the Nation Address, he emphasized the urgent need for responsible parenthood to counter the country’s soaring population growth and the disturbing social consequences that have resulted from it.

The Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) Cabinet Cluster — which consists of 20 government agencies dealing with poverty and development — strongly endorses the President’s position.

As early as 20 July 2011, the Cluster had already pushed to make the Reproductive Health (RH) bill a priority legislative measure in the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC). Two days later, it passed HDPR Cluster Resolution No. 1, Series of 2011, Endorsing House Bill No. 4244, “An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development, and for Other Purposes,” and Senate Bill No. 2865, “An Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development’’ to the President.

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