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‘Restore P1-B fund,’ reproductive health supporters urge

Supporters of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law will launch a campaign today to call for the restoration of the P1-billion funds for the implementation of the legislation’s family planning component. The fund was slashed from the Department of Health’s (DOH) budget this year.

In a phone interview, Partido Manggagawa (PM) disclosed it will join the press conference organized by Reproductive Health Action Network in Quezon City to bare the details of the campaign.

Other non-government organizations and lawmakers, who pushed for the passage of the RH law, will attend the event.

“We vow more actions and a vigorous campaign until the budget cut is reversed,” Judy Ann Miranda, secretary-general of PM, said.

Last week, DOH Secretary Janette Garin announced it is now faced with a looming shortage of artificial contraceptives for the implementation of the RH Law after the Senate removed its budget for the program.

Senators Vicente Sotto III and Loren Legarda earlier confirmed that the fund for the purchase of contraceptives was allocated to other government agencies.

“The deletion of funds for family planning commodities such as condoms, pills and IUDs will adversely affect the delivery of social services to poor and indigent families,” Miranda said.

“The hard-won victory of the RH Law is now is being killed softly by legislative maneuvering of anti-women solons,” she added.

PM held a demonstration in front of the Senate building to denounce the budget cut.

Under the RH law, accredited public health facilities must provide poor families with modern family planning methods, which include medical consultations, supplies and reasonable procedures for free.

Sotto and Legarda earlier claimed that the DOH could still distribute contraceptives to poor families by tapping its unused P2.3 billion fund last year.

Garin, however, said it will not be able to reallocate any of its budgets after the government implemented a more stringent appropriations system.

  • KateDulce

    DOH still have 71% or P2.3B to purchase contraceptives for distribution in 2016.

  • RobertVelez

    Meron naman pang more than P2B for 2016 plus savings pa ng DOH and unused funds from 2015.

  • Hein S

    PH population shall be 200,000,000 in 33 years.

    Sige Anak pa More.