l. Respect for, protection and fulfillment of reproductive health rights seek to promote notonly the rights and welfare of adult individuals and couples but those of adolescents’ andchildren’s as well; andm. The government shall ensure that women seeking care for post-abortioncomplications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental andcompassionate manner.
Contraceptives as Essential Medicines
. – Hormonal contraceptives, intrauterinedevices, injectables and other allied reproductive health products and supplies shall beconsidered under the category of essential medicines and supplies which shall form partof the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchaseof essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health units.
Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education
. Reproductive HealthEducation in an age-appropriate manner shall be taught by adequately trained teachersstarting from Grade 5 up to Fourth Year High School. The implementation of Reproductive Health Education shall commence at the start of the school year one year following the effectivity of this Act. The POPCOM, in coordination with the Department of Education, shall formulate the Reproductive Health Education curriculum, which shall becommon to both public and private schools and shall include related population anddevelopment concepts in addition to the following subjects and standards:Reproductive health and sexual rights; Reproductive health care and services; Attitudes,beliefs and values on sexual development, sexual behavior and sexual health;Proscription and hazards of abortion and management of post-abortion complications;Responsible parenthood; Use and application of natural and modern family planningmethods to promote reproductive health, achieve desired family size and preventunwanted, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies; Abstinence before marriage;Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other, STIs/STDs, prostate cancer, breastcancer, cervical cancer and other gynecological disorders; Responsible sexuality; andMaternal, pre-natal and post-natal education, care and services.
Additional Duty of Family Planning 0ffice
. – Each local Family Planning Office shallfurnish for free instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood,breastfeeding and infant nutrition to all applicants for marriage license.
Certificate of Compliance
. – No marriage license shall be issued by the Local CivilRegistrar unless the applicants present a Certificate of Compliance issued for free by thelocal Family Planning Office certifying that they had duly received adequate instructionsand information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infantnutrition.
Ideal Family Size
. – The State shall assist couples, parents and individuals to achievetheir desired family size within the context of responsible parenthood for sustainabledevelopment and encourage them to have two children as the ideal family size. Attainingthe ideal family size is neither mandatory nor compulsory. No punitive action shall beimposed on parents having more than two children.