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IRR RA 10354 RH law

IRR RA 10354 RH law

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Implementing Rules and Regulations ofRepublic Act No. 10354
Published: March 18, 2013 (http://www.gov.ph/2013/03/18/implementing-rules-and-regulations-of-republic-act-no-10354/).
Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10354 ( 
http://www.gov.ph /2012/12/21/republic-act-no-10354/)(The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012)WHEREAS
, Having taken effect on January 17, 2013 in large part due to the strongadvocacy of stakeholders and the commitment of Government, Republic Act No. 10354or “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012” (RPRH Act) hasbecome the focal point for convergence of multi-sectoral efforts toward the improvementof health outcomes;
, Partnership with local governments as lead implementers of basic healthservices is central to the success of the RPRH Act, hence the active participation in theprocess of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) drafting and commitment toimplementation thereof by the League of Provinces of the Philippines; the League ofCities of the Philippines; and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines;
, Delivery of responsible parenthood and reproductive health services andinformation is at the core of implementation of the mandate given by the RPRH Act,hence the active participation in IRR drafting and commitment to implementation thereofby Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as Likhaan Center for Womens Health;Reproductive Health, Rights, and Ethics Center for Studies and Training; Women’s Health
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Care Foundation; Philippine Medical Association; Philippine Obstetrical andGynecological Society; Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International; andBishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development in collaboration withnational government agencies such as the Department of Health, Department ofEducation, Department of Social Welfare and Development; Department of the Interiorand Local Government; National Economic and Development Authority; Philippine HealthInsurance Corporation; and the Philippine Commission on Women;
, Pursuant to Section 26 of the RPRH Act, the Drafting Committee wasconvened on January 22, 2013 and completed its work on March 15, 2013;
, the following rules and regulations are hereby promulgated as theImplementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10354:
CHAPTER 1 – General ProvisionsRULE 1 – Preliminary ProvisionsSection 1.01
 These Rules shall be known and cited as the Implementing Rules andRegulations of Republic Act No. 10354, otherwise known as “The ResponsibleParenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012” or the RPRH Act.
Section 1.02
 These Rules are hereby promulgated to prescribe the proceduresand guidelines for the implementation of the RPRH Act in order to facilitate compliancetherewith and to achieve the objectives thereof.
Section 1.03
Interpretation Clause
. These Rules shall be liberally construed to ensure theprovision, delivery and access to reproductive health care services, and to promote,protect and fulfill women’s reproductive health and rights.
Section 1.04
Declaration of Policy 
. The State recognizes and guarantees the humanrights of all persons including their right to equality and nondiscrimination of these rights,the right to sustainable human development, the right to health which includesreproductive health, the right to education and information, and the right to choose andmake decisions for themselves in accordance with their religious convictions, ethics,cultural beliefs, and the demands of responsible parenthood.
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Pursuant to the declaration of State policies under Section 12, Article II of the 1987Philippine Constitution, it is the duty of the State to protect and strengthen the family as abasic autonomous social institution and equally protect the life of the mother and the lifeof the unborn from conception. The State shall protect and promote the right to health ofwomen especially mothers in particular and of the people in general and instill healthconsciousness among them. The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society.The State shall likewise protect and advance the right of families in particular and thepeople in general to a balanced and healthful environment in accord with the rhythm andharmony of nature. The State also recognizes and guarantees the promotion and equalprotection of the welfare and rights of children, the youth, and the unborn.Moreover, the State recognizes and guarantees the promotion of gender equality, genderequity, women empowerment and dignity as a health and human rights concern and as asocial responsibility. The advancement and protection of women’s human rights shall becentral to the efforts of the State to address reproductive health care.The State recognizes marriage as an inviolable social institution and the foundation of thefamily, which in turn is the foundation of the nation. Pursuant thereto, the State shalldefend:a) The right of spouses to found a family in accordance with their religiousconvictions and the demands of responsible parenthood;b) The right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and specialprotection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditionsprejudicial to their development;c) The right of the family to a family living wage and income; andd) The right of families or family associations to participate in the planning andimplementation of policies and programs that affect them.The State likewise guarantees universal access to medically-safe, non-abortifacient,effective, legal, affordable, and quality reproductive health care services, methods,devices, supplies which do not prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum asdetermined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and relevant information and
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