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RH BILL

RH BILL

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RH BILL
Starting 1967, the USAID started shouldering 80% of the total family planningcommodities (contraceptives) of the country, which amounted to US$ 3 Million annually.In 1975, the United States adopted as its policy theNational Security StudyMemorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security andOverseas Interests (NSSM200).The policy gives "paramount importance" to populationcontrol measures and the promotion of contraception among 13 populous countries,including the Philippines to control rapid population growth which they deem to beinimical to the socio-political and economic growth of these countries and to the nationalinterests of the United States, since the "U.S. economy will require large and increasingamounts of minerals from abroad", and these countries can produce destabilizingopposition forces against the United States. It recommends the US leadership to"influence national leaders" and that "improved world-wide support for population-related efforts should be sought through increased emphasis on mass media and otherpopulation education and motivation programs by the U.N., USIA, and USAID.
 MANILA, Philippines
 — 
The Department of Health is proposing close to P14 billion tofund the controversial Reproductive Health bill in 2012, Senator Pia Cayetano disclosedduring plenary deliberations of the measure on Tuesday.
“For 2012, (the DOH is asking) P13.7 billion,” Cayetano, head of the Senate committeeon health and demography, responding to Senator Lito Lapid’s que
ry.
Based on the DOH’s proposal, P18.5 million would be allocated for capacity building,
P12.5 million for priority health program, and P3 million for the major final output of thehealth policy and development program.But Cayetano quickly clarified that she has not yet given her support for the proposedbudget, saying it was just the proposal submitted by the DOH.Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile then took the floor and expressed his surprise aboutthe proposed budget for the bill.
“I was struck by the
statement of the sponsor that there were proposals already
about the budgetary component of this measure…” said Enrile , who is strongly
opposing the passage of the bill. Lawmakers urged to pass K+12, RH bills
ByKaren BoncocanINQUIRER.net3:31 pm | Monday, July 23rd, 2012TweetHouse Speaker Sonny Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines
 — 
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday said that
lawmakers’ efforts will be doubled this third regular session as he urged his colleagues to
approve the K+12 measure and to vote on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.
 
He said
that the RH Bill “has been discussed from every possible perspective by
advocates and opponents alike not only in this Congress but in past sessions of Congress.
I think it is time we finally put it to a vote. Let the chips fall where they may.” He said
that the same could be said for the Freedom of Information Bill. According to Belmontesaid, lawmakers will also prioritize proposed measures on investments and jobgeneration, good governance, greater peace and security, and addressing rural growth andurba
nization problems. “We must redouble our efforts in this third and last session of thisCongress,” he urged lawmakers. Among the bills which he said should be supported are
the complementary Anti-Trust Act which seeks to establish level playing field amongfirms, the amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), the
amendments to the National Electrification Administration’s Charter, the Rationalization
of the Charters of the Philippine Ports Authority, MARINA, and the Civil AeronauticsBoard; and the National Transport Policy Act. Aside from the creation of a FiscalResponsibility Act, Belmonte also saw amendments as necessary for the GovernmentProcurement Reform Act, the Charter of the Bangko Sentral, Amendment to the NationalDefense and Security Act, and the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act.Manila, Philippines - Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman yesterday said the benefits of theproposed P2-trillion national budget for 2013 can only be fully realized if the
government will enact the Reproductive Health (RH) bill as the country’s growing
population continues to eat up scarce public resources.Lagman, one of the principal authors of the measure, issued the statement as the Houseof Representatives was in the thick of plenary and committee deliberations on the RH billand the proposed national budget.
“The affinity between the RH bill and the Gener 
al Appropriations Bill (GAB) is too
reasonably intertwined to be overlooked,” he said.
 While the proposed national budget for next year has increased to P2.006 trillion, noamount of augmentation will be adequate if Filipino couples, parents and women are notempowered to freely and responsibly determine the number and spacing of their childrenthrough legal, medically-safe and effective family planning methods of their choice, thelawmaker stressed.Lagman added that government appropriations are eroded by population growth rate andconsequently, both the budget and RH bills must be prioritized for passage.
He said no less than President Aquino expressed apprehension that the government’s
great strides in health and education will be negated if the population problem is not
addressed with the enactment of a responsible parenthood measure, “which is akin to theRH bill.”
 
RH BILL’S HOUSE JUDG
MENT DAY - AUGUST 7
BY ANDREO CALONZO, GMA NEWS July 25, 2012 6:54pmThe leadership of the House of Representatives on Wednesday set a date for their finaldetermination on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill - August 7.The date wasdecided on after a caucus on Wednesday afternoon, attended by both advocates and
 
critics of the measure.“We have already s
et na August 7, at which time a motion toterminate the debate will be made. At least we gave both sides time to marshal their
 people,” House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II told reporters after the caucus.He
added that anti-RH bill lawmakers wanted to continue debates on the measure. But HouseSpeaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was determined to push for a vote to terminate the period
of interpellation.“The mere fact that we have been debating this for more than one
-and-a-half years, the mere fact that a House member is allowed to interpellate for more than
three hours, by what stretch of the imagination can you say that this was railroaded?”
Gonzales said.The House majority leader said the vote on the RH bill two weeks from
now “will be an indication of the stand of the members.”
 
Only until August
 The RH bill, formally known as House Bill 4244, was identified by President BenignoAquino III as priority legislation. It endorses the use of both natural and artificial modesof family planning.The bill is being opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, whichpromotes only natural family planning methods.Gonzales said that the House
“realistically” has only until August to approve the bill. He said he expects House
members to be busy with budget deliberations and preparations for the 2013 elections by
September“Ang sinasabi ko sa kanila, ang nakikita kong window is August. After Augustnito, mahihirapan na tayo,” he said.During the start of the third regular session on
Monday,Belmontehad asked his colleagues to put the RH bill to a vote as the measurehas been thoroughly discussed at the plenary. Last Monday, Aquino also told Congressduring his thirdState of the Nation Address
that “responsible parenthood” is the answer to some of the country’s education woes. This stat
ement was met with loud applausefrom lawmakers who support the RH bill.
 — 
DVM, GMA News
 
RH bill’s House judgment day
- August 7
BY ANDREO CALONZO, GMA NEWS July 25, 2012 6:54pmThe leadership of the House of Representatives on Wednesday set a date for their finaldetermination on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill - August 7.The date wasdecided on after a caucus on Wednesday afternoon, attended by both advocates andcritics of the measure.We have already set na August 7, at which time a motion toterminate the debate will be made. At least we gave both sides time to marshal their
 people,” House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II told reporters after the caucus.He
added that anti-RH bill lawmakers wanted to continue debates on the measure. But HouseSpeaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was determined to push for a vote to terminate the period
of interpellation.“The mere fact that we have been debating this for more than one
-and-a-half years, the mere fact that a House member is allowed to interpellate for more than
three hours, by what stretch of the imagination can you say that this was railroaded?”
Gonzales said.The House majority leader said the vote on the RH bill two weeks from
now “will be an indication of the stand of the members.”
 
Only until August
The RH bill, formally known as House Bill 4244, was identified byPresident Benigno Aquino III as priority legislation. It endorses the use of both natural

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