FIFTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC

OF THE PHILIPPINES
First Regular Session
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JUN-6 P7:56
SENATE
S. B. No.2865
(In substitution of SB 2378 and 2768, taking into consideration PSR 238) \;---
Prepared Jointly by the Committees on Health and Demography; Finance; and Youth,
Women and Family Relations with Senators Defensor-Santiago, Lacson and (P.)
Cayetano as authors
AN ACT
PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON REPRODUCTIVE
HEALTH AND POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the House of
Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
1 SECTION 1. Short Title. - This Act shall be known as the "The Reproductive
2 Health Act of2011."
3 SEC. 2. State Policies. - The State recognizes and guarantees the human rights of
4 all persons including their right to equality and non-discrimination of these rights, the
5 right to sustainable human development, the right to health which includes reproductive
6 health, the right to education and information, and the right to choose and make decisions
7 for themselves in accordance with their religious convictions, ethics, cultural beliefs, and
8 the demands of responsible parenthood.
9 The State shall comply with all its international obligations under various human
10 rights instruments relative to reproductive health and women's empowerment including
11 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and
12 Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
13 (ICESCR), Beijing Declaration, UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against
14 Women (DEV A W), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
15 Against Women (CEDA W), International Conference on Population and Development
16 (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
17 Moreover, the State recognizes and guarantees the promotion of gender equality,
18 gender equity, women empowerment and dignity as a health and human rights concern
19 and as a social responsibility. The advancement and protection of women's human rights
20 shall be central to the efforts of the State to address reproductive health care. The State
21 also recognizes and guarantees the promotion of the welfare and rights of children and
22 the youth.
23 The State likewise guarantees universal access to medically-safe, effective, legal,
24 affordable, and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, supplies and
25 relevant information and education thereon according to the priority needs of women,
26 children and other nnderprivileged sectors.
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1 The State shall address and seek to eradicate discriminatory practices, laws and
2 policies that infringe on a person's exercise of sexual health and reproductive health and
3 rights.
4 SEC. 3. Guiding Principles for Implementation. - This Act declares the
5 following as guiding principles:
6 (a) The right to make free and informed decisions, which is central to the exercise
7 of any right, shall not be subjected to any form of coercion and must be fully guaranteed
8 by the State, like the right itself.
9 (b) Respect for, protection and fulfillment of, reproductive health and rights seek
10 to promote the rights and welfare of every person.
11 (c) Effective and quality reproductive health care services must be given primacy
12 to ensure maternal and child health, and birth of healthy children, in line with the State's
13 duty to promote the right to health, responsible parenthood, social justice and full human
14 development.
15 (d) The provision of medically-safe, effective, legal, accessible, affordable, and
16 quality reproductive health care services is essential in the promotion of the people's
17 right to health, especially those of women, the poor, and the marginalized, and shall be
18 incorporated as a component of basic health care.
19 (e) The State will provide information and access, without bias, to all methods of
20 family planning which have been proven safe and effective in accordance with scientific
21 and evidence-based medical standards such as those set by the World Health
22 Organization (WHO) and registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration
23 (FDA).
24 (f) The State shall promote programs that: (l) enable individuals and couples to
25 have the number of children they desire with due consideration to the health, particularly
26 of women, and the resources available and affordable to them; (2) ensure effective
27 partnership among the National Goverl1l11ent, Local Goverl1l11ent Units (LGUs) and the
28 private sector in the design, implementation, coordination, integration, monitoring and
29 evaluation of people-centered programs towards quality of life and environmental
30 protection; and (3) conduct studies to analyze demographic trends towards sustainable
31 human development in keeping with the principles of gender equality and the promotion
32 and protection of women's reproductive rights and health.
33 (g) The provision of reproductive health care and information must be the joint
34 primary responsibility of the National Government and the LGUs consistent with their
35 obligation to respect, protect and promote the right to health.
36 (h) Active participation by non-goverl1l11ent, women's and people's organizations,
37 and communities is crucial to ensure that reproductive health and population and
38 development policies, plans, and programs will address the priority needs of women, the
39 poor, and the marginalized. The State shall ensure equitable allocation and utilization of
40 resources in the provision of health care.
41 (i) While this Act does not amend the penal law on abortion, the goverl1l11ent shall
42 ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and
43 counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.
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1 (j) Each family shall have the right to determine its ideal family size; Provided,
2 however, That the State shall equip each parent with the necessary information on all
3 aspects of family life, including reproductive health, in order to make that determination.
4 SEC. 4. Definition of Terms. - For the purpose of this Act, the following terms
5 shall be defined as follows:
6 (a) Adolescent - refers to young people between the ages of ten (l0) to nineteen
7 (19) years who are in transition from childhood to adulthood;
8 (b) Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEMONC) - refers to
9 lifesaving services for emergency maternal and newborn conditions/complications being
10 provided by a health facility or professional to include the following services:
11 administration of parenteral oxytocic drugs, administration of loading dose of parenteral
12 anticonvulsants, administration of initial dose of antibiotics, performance of assisted
13 deliveries in imminent breech, removal of retained placental products, and manual
14 removal of retained placenta. It also includes neonatal interventions which include at the
15 minimum: newborn resuscitation, provision of warmth, and referral;
16 (c) Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEMONC) - refers
17 to lifesaving services for emergency maternal and newborn conditions/complications as
18 in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care plus the provision of surgical delivery
19 (caesarian section) and blood bank services, and other highly specialized obstetric
20 interventions. It also includes emergency neonatal care which includes at the minimum:
21 newborn resuscitation, treatment of neonatal sepsis infection, oxygen support, and
22 antenatal administration of (maternal) steroids for threatened premature delivery;
23 (d) Employer - includes any person acting in the interest of an employer, directly
24 or indirectly. The term shall not include any labor organization or any of its officers or
25 agents except when acting as an employer;
26 (e) Family Planning - refers to a program which enables couples and individuals
27 to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the
28 information and means to do so, and to have access to a full range of safe, affordable,
29 effective, and modern methods of preventing or timing pregnancy;
30 (1) Gender Equality - refers to the principle of equality between women and men
31 and equal rights to enjoy conditions in realizing their full human potentials to contribute
32 to, and benefit from, the results of development, with the State recognizing that all human
33 beings are free and equal in dignity and rights. It entails equality in opportunities, in the
34 allocation of resources or benefits, or in access to services in furtherance of the rights to
35 health and sustainable human development among others, without discrimination on the
36 basis of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity;
37 (g) Gender Equity - refers to the policies, instruments, programs, policies, and
38 actions that address the disadvantaged position of women in society by providing
39 preferential treatment and affirmative action. It entails fairness and justice in the
40 distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women and men, and often requires
41 women-specific proj ects ,md programs to end existing inequalities. This concept
42 recognizes that while reproductive health involves women and men, it is more critical for
43 women's health;
44 (h) Healthcare Service Provider - refers to (I) a public or private health care
45 institution, which is duly licensed and accredited and devoted primarily to the
46 maintenance and operation of facilities for health promotion, disease prevention,
47 diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals suffering from illness, disease, injury,
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1 disability or deformity, or in need of obstetrical or other medical and nursing care; (2) a
2 public or private health care professional, who is any doctor of medicine, nurse, or
3 midwife; (3) a public health worker engaged in the delivery of health care services; and
4 (4) a barangay health worker who has undergone training programs under any accredited
5 government and non-government organization and, who voluntarily renders primarily
6 health care services in the community after having been accredited to function as such by
7 the local health board in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the Department
8 of Health (DOH);
9 (i) Indigent - refers to a person who has no visible means of income, or whose
10 income is insufficient for the subsistence of his family, as identified by a means test
11 determined by the National Government;
12 (j) Male Responsibility - refers to the involvement, commitment, accountability,
13 and responsibility of males in all areas of sexual health and reproductive health, as well
14 as the care of reproductive health concerns specific to men;
15 (k) Maternal Death Review - refers to qualitative, quantitative and in-depth study
16 of the causes, trends and distribution of maternal death with the primary purpose of
17 preventing future deaths through changes or additions to programs, plans and policies;
18 (1) Maternal Health - refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth
19 and the postpaJium period;
20 (m) Modern Methods of Family Planning - refer to safe, effective and legal
21 methods, whether natural or aliificial;
22 (n) Population and Development - refers to the conscious and explicit
23 consideration of population and development variables (e.g. health, environment,
24 education, housing, employment, etc.) in planning and policymaking. It puts people and
25 human development as the primary consideration for any development initiatives;
26 (0) Reproductive Health (RH) - refers to the state of complete physical, mental
27 and social wellbeing aJld not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters
28 relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. This implies that
29 people are able to have a safe and satisfying sex life, that they have the capability to
30 reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. This further
31 implies that women and men attain equal relationships in matters related to sexual
32 relations and reproduction;
33 (p) Reproductive Health Care - refers to a full range of methods, techniques,
34 facilities and services that contribute to reproductive health and well being by preventing
35 and solving reproductive health-related problems. The elements of reproductive health
36 care include:
37 1. Maternal health and nutrition, including breastfeeding;
38 2. FaJnily plaJllling information and services;
39 3. Prevention of abortion and management of abortion complications;
40 4. Adolescent aJld youth reproductive health, guidance and counseling;
41 5. Prevention, treatment and management of reproductive tract infections (RTIs)
42 as defined in Section 4 (t), sexually transmittable infections (STIs) as defined in
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1 Section 4 (w), breast and reproductive tract cancers and other gynecological
2 conditions and disorders;
3 6. Elimination of violence against women and children and other forms of sexual
4 and gender-based violence;
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6 7. Education and counseling on sexual health;
7 8. Male responsibility and involvement and men's reproductive health; and
8 9. Prevention and treatment of infertility and sexual dysfunction;
9 (q) Reproductive Health Care Program - refers to the systematic and integrated
10 provision of reproductive health care elements to all citizens especially women, the poor,
11 marginalized and those in vulnerable situations;
12 (1') Reproductive Health Education - refers to lifelong learning process of
13 providing and acquiring complete, accurate and relevant information and education on
14 sexual health and reproductive health through life skills education and other approaches;
15 (s) Reproductive Rights - refers to the rights of individuals and couples, to decide
16 freely and responsibly whether or not to have children; the number, spacing and timing of
17 their children; to make other decisions concerning reproduction, fi'ee of discrimination,
18 coercion and violence; to have the information and means to do so; and to attain the
19 highest standard of sexual health and reproductive health;
20 (t) Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) - refers to infections of the reproductive
21 system, including STls, and other types of infections affecting the reproductive system;
22 (u) Responsible Parenthood - refers to the will and ability of a parent to respond
23 to the needs and aspirations of the family and children. It is likewise a shared
24 responsibility between parents to determine and achieve the desired number of children,
25 spacing and timing of their children according to their own family life aspirations, talcing
26 into account psychological preparedness, health status, socio-cultural, and economic
27 concerns;
28 (v) Sexual Health - refers to a state of physical, mental and social well-being in
29 relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and
30 sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual
31 experiences, free from coercion, discrimination and violence;
32 (w) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - refers to any infection that may be
33 acquired or passed on through sexual contact;
34 (x) Skilled Birth Attendance - childbirth managed by a skilled health professional
35 plus the enabling conditions of necessary equipment and support of a functioning health
36 system, including transport and referral facilities for emergency obstetric care;
37 (y) Skilled Health Professional - refers to an accredited health professional, such
38 as a doctor, nurse or registered' midwife; and
39 (z) Sustainable Human Development - refers to bringing people particularly the
40 poor and vulnerable at the center of development process, the central purpose of which is
41 the creation of an enabling environment in which all can enjoy long, healthy and creative
42 lives, and done in a manner that promotes their rights and protects the life opportunities
43 of future generations and the natural ecosystem on which all life depends.
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1 SEC. 5. Hiring of Skilled Health Professionals for Maternal Health Care and
2 Skilled Birth Attendance. - The LGUs, with the assistance of the DOH, shall employ an
3 adequate number of midwives and other skilled health professionals for maternal health
4 care and skilled birth attendance to achieve a minimum ratio of one (1) fulltime
5 equivalent skilled health professional for everyone hundred fifty (150) deliveries per
6 year, to be based on the annual number of actual deliveries or live births for the past two
7 (2) years; Provided, That people in geographically isolated or highly populated and
8 depressed areas shall not be neglected.
9 For the purposes of this Act, midwives and nurses shall be allowed to administer
10 life-saving drugs, in accordance with the guidelines set by DOH, under emergency
11 conditions and when there are no physicians available; PrOVided, That they are
12 appropriately trained and certified proficient to administer these life-saving drugs.
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14 SEC. 6. Provision of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care. - Each LGU
15 shall ensure the establishment or upgrading of hospitals or facilities with adequate and
16 qualified persOlmel, equipment and supplies to be able to provide emergency obstetric
17 and newborn care. For every 500,000 population, there shall ideally be at least one (1)
18 public or private hospital for CEMONC and four (4) public or private health facilities for
19 BEMONC which shall also be capable of providing blood transfusion services; Provided,
20 That people in geographically isolated or highly populated and depressed areas shall not
21 be neglected.
22 SEC. 7. Access to Family Planning. - All accredited public and private health
23 facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning methods, except in
24 specialty hospitals which may render such services on an optional basis. No person shall
25 be denied information and access to family planning services.
26 SEC. 8. Maternal Death Review. - All LGUs, national and local government
27 hospitals, and other public health units shall conduct an mmual Maternal Death Review in
28 accordance with the guidelines set by the DOH.
29 SEC. 9. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines. - The National
30 Drug Formulary shall include hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices, injectables
31 and other safe, legal and effective family planning prodUcts and supplies in accordance
32 with Section 17 (d). These products and supplies shall also be included in the regular
33 purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals,
34 provincial, city, and municipal health offices, including rural health units.
35 SEC. 10. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies. - The
36 DOH shall lead and coordinate the efficient procurement and distribution to LGUs and
37 usage-monitoring of family planning supplies for the whole country. The DOH shall
38 coordinate with all appropriate LGU bodies to plan and implement this procurement and
39 distribution progrmn. The supply and budget allotments shall be based on, mnong others,
40 the current levels and projections of the following:
41 (a) Number of women of reproductive age and couples who want to space or limit
42 their children;
43 (b) Contraceptive prevalence rate, by type of method used; and
44 ( c) Cost offmnily planning supplies.
45 SEC. 11. PhilHealth Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive
46 Health Conditions. - All serious and life threatening reproductive health conditions such
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1 as HIV and AIDS, breast and reproductive tract cancers, and obstetric complications shall
2 be given the maximum benefits, including the provision of Anti-Retroviral Medicines
3 (ARVs), as provided in the guidelines set by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
4 (PHlC).
5 SEC. 12. Mobile Health Care Service. - Each congressional district shall acquire
6 a Mobile Health Care Service (MHCS) in the form of a van or other means of
7 transpOliation appropriate to coastal and mountainous areas. The MHCS shall deliver
8 health care goods and services to its constituents, more particularly to the poor and needy,
9 as well as disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health. The purchase
10 of such may be funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of each
11 Congressional District. The MHCS shall be operated by skilled health providers and
12 adequately equipped with a wide range of reproductive health care materials and
13 information dissemination devices and equipment, the latter including, but not limited to,
14 a television set for audio-visual presentations. All MHCS shall be operated by LGUs of
15 provinces and highly urbanized cities.
16 SEC. 13. Age- and Development- Appropriate Reproductive Health Education.
17 The State shall provide age- and development-appropriate reproductive health education
18 which shall be taught by adequately trained teachers in formal and non-formal
19 educational system and integrated in relevant subjects such as, but not limited, to values
20 formation; knowledge and skills in self-protection against discrimination, sexual abuse
21 and violence against women and children and other forms of gender based violence and
22 teen pregnancy; physical, social and emotional changes in adolescents; women's rights
23 and children's rights; responsible teenage behavior; gender and development; and
24 responsible parenthood.
25 SEC. 14. Capacity Building of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). - The DOH
26 shall be responsible for disseminating information and providing training programs to the
27 LGUs. The LGUs, with the technical assistance of DOH, shall be responsible for the
28 training ofBHWs and other barangay volunteers on the promotion of reproductive health.
29 SEC. 15. Employers' Responsibilities. - The Depaliment of Labor and
30 Employment (DOLE) shall ensure that employers respect the reproductive rights of
31 workers and their right to gender equality.
32 Employers shall also uphold the right of all workers to know work conditions
33 which may affect their health, particularly those related to their reproductive health.
34 Employers shall furnish in writing the following information to all employees and
35 applicants:
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(a) The medical and health benefits which workers are entitled to, including
maternity and paternity leave benefits; and
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39 (b) The reproductive health hazards associated with work, including hazards that
40 may affect their reproductive functions especially for pregnant women.
41 SEC. 16. Public Awareness. - The DOH, Commission on Population (POPCOM)
42 and the LGUs shall initiate and sustain a heightened nationwide multi-media campaign to
43 raise the level of public awareness on the protection and promotion of reproductive health
44 and rights including family plalllling .
45 SEC. 17. Duties and Responsibilities. - (a) Pursuant to the herein declared
46 policy, the DOH shall serve as the lead agency, along with the LGUs, for the
47 implementation of this Act and shall integrate in their regular operations the following
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1. Fully and efficiently implement the reproductive health care program;
2. Ensure people's access to medically safe, legal, quality and affordable
reproductive health goods and services; and
3. Perform such other functions necessary to attain the purposes of this Act.
(b) The DOH, in coordination with PHIC, as may be applicable, shall:
1. Strengthen the capacities of health regulatory agencies to ensure safe, high
quality, accessible and affordable reproductive health services and
commodities with the concurrent strengthening and enforcement of regulatory
mandates and mechanisms;
2. Facilitate the involvement and participation of non-govermnent
organizations and the private sector in reproductive health care service
delivery and in the production, distribution and delivery of quality
reproductive health and family planning supplies and commodities to make
them accessible and affordable to ordinary citizens;
3. Supervise and provide assistance to LGUs in the delivery of reproductive
health care services and in the purchase of family planning goods and
supplies; and
4. Furnish LGUs, through their respective local health offices, appropriate
information and resources to keep the latter updated on current studies and
researches relating to family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding
and infant nutrition.
(c) Pursuant to the Local Govermnent Code, the LGUs shall:
1. Implement programs formulated by the DOH to achieve the purposes of
this Act;
2. Ensure provision of basic health care services including, but not limited to,
the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment necessary for the
delivery of a full range of reproductive health care services and the purchase
and distribution of family planning goods and supplies as pmi of the essential
health package defined by DOH and PHIC; and
3. Create mld organize Reproductive Health Committees through their
respective Local Development Councils (LDCs) to ensure the implementation
of this Act.
(d) The FDA shall issue strict guidelines with respect to the use of contraceptives,
taking into consideration side effects or other harmful effects of their use.
(e) Corporate citizens shall exercise prudence in advertising its products or
services through all forms of media, especially on matters relating to sexuality,
further taking into consideration its influence on children and the youth.
SEC. 18. Prohibited Acts. - The following acts are prohibited:
(a) Any healthcare service provider, whether public or private, who shall:
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1 1. Knowingly withhold information or restrict the dissemination thereof,
2 and/or intentionally provide incorrect information regarding programs and
3 services on reproductive health including the right to informed choice and
4 access to a full range of legal, medically-safe and effective family planning
5 methods;
6 2. Refuse to perform legal and medically-safe reproductive health procedures
7 on any person of legal age on the ground of lack of third party consent or
8 authorization. In case of married persons, the mutual consent of the spouses
9 shall be preferred, if the spouse is present; Provided, That it is not an
10 emergency case or one which requires immediate medical attention or
11 procedure; Provided, further, That in the absence of the spouse or in case of
12 disagreement ofthe spouses, the decision of the one undergoing the procedure
13 shall prevail. In the case of minors, the written consent of parents or legal
14 guardian 01', in their absence, persons exercising parental authority or next of
15 kin shall be required only in elective surgical procedures and in no case shall
16 consent be required in emergency or serious cases as defined in Republic Act
17 8344; Provided, That in the case of abused minors where parents and/or other
18 family members are the perpetrators or suspects, as certified by the DSWD,
19 City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, no prior parental
20 consent shall be necessary. In all cases, the patient has to be informed of the
21 medical procedure and its consequences; and
22 3. Refuse to extend quality health care services and information on account of
23 the person's marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, personal
24 circumstances, or nature of work; Provided, That the conscientious objection
25 of a healthcare service provider based on his/her ethical or religious beliefs
26 shall be respected; however, the conscientious objector shall immediately
27 refer the person seeking such care and services to another healthcare service
28 provider within the same facility or one which is conveniently accessible;
29 Provided, further, That the person is not in an emergency condition or serious
30 case as defined in RA 8344, which penalizes the refusal of hospitals and
31 medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support
32 in emergency and serious cases.
33 (b) Any public officer, elected or appointed, who, personally or through a
34 subordinate, prohibits or restricts the delivery of legal and medically-safe
35 reproductive health care services, including family planning; or forces, coerces or
36 induces any person to use such services; or refuses to allocate, approve or release
37 any budget for reproductive health care services, or to support reproductive health
38 programs; or shall do any act that hinders the full implementation of a
39 reproductive health program as mandated by this Act.
40 (c) Any employer who shall suggest, require, unduly influence or cause any
41 applicant for employment or an employee to submit himself/herself to
42 sterilization, use any modern methods of family planning, or not use such
43 methods as a condition for employment, continued employment, promotion or the
44 provision of employment benefits. Further, pregnancy or the number of children
45 shall not be a ground for non-hiring or termination from employment.
46 SEC. 19. Penalties. - Any violation of this Act shall be penalized by
47 imprisomnent ranging from one (1) month to six (6) months or a fine of Ten Thousand
48 (PI0,000.00) to One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) or both fine and
49 imprisonment, at the discretion of the court; ProVided, That, if the offender is a public
50 officer, elected or appointed, she/he shall also be administratively liable.
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1 SEC. 20. Reporting Requirements. - Before the end of April each year, the
2 DOH and POPCOM, in consultation with non-government organizations, women's
3 organizations, young people's organizations and the private sector, shall submit to the
4 President of the Philippines and Congress an annual consolidated report, which shall
5 provide a definitive and comprehensive assessment of the implementation of its programs
6 and those of other government agencies and instrumentalities and recommend priorities
7 for executive and legislative actions. The report shall be printed and distributed to all
8 national agencies, the LGUs, non-government organizations and private sector
9 organizations involved in said programs.
10 The annual report shall evaluate the content, implementation, and impact of all
11 policies related to reproductive health and family planning to ensure that such policies
12 promote, protect and fulfill women's reproductive health and rights.
13 SEC. 21. Appropriations. - The amounts appropriated in the current annual
14 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for reproductive health and natural and artificial
15 family planning under the DOH and POPCOM and other concerned agencies shall be
16 allocated and utilized for the implementation of this Act. Such additional sums necessary
17 to provide for the upgrading of facilities necessary to meet BEMONC and CEMONC
18 standards; the training and deployment of skilled health providers; natural and artificial
19 family planning commodity requirements as outlined in Sec. 10, and for other
20 reproductive health services, shall be included in the subsequent years' general
21 appropriations. The Gender and Development (GAD) funds of LGUs and national
22 agencies shall be a source of funding for the implementation of this Act.
23 SEC. 22. Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). - Within sixty (60) days
24 from the effectivity of this Act, the Secretary of Health or his/her designated
25 representative as Chairperson, the authorized representative/s of POPCOM, DepEd,
26 DSWD, Philippine Commission on Women, PHIC, Department of the Interior and Local
27 Government, National Economic and Development Authority, League of Provinces,
28 League of Cities, and League of Municipalities, together with non-government, people's,
29 women's and young people's organizations, shall jointly promulgate the rules and
30 regulations for the effective implementation of this Act. At least four (4) members of the
31 IRR drafting committee, to be selected by the Secretary of Health, shall come from non-
32 government, women's, people's, and young people's organizations; Provided, That one
33 of them shall represent women's organizations and another shall represent young
34 people's organizations.
35 SEC. 23. Interpretation Clause. - This Act shall be liberally construed to ensure
36 the provision, delivery and access to reproductive health care services, and to promote,
37 protect and fulfill women's reproductive health and rights.
38 SEC. 24. Separability Clause. - If any provision or part hereof, is held invalid or
39 unconstitutional, the remainder of the law or the provision not otherwise affected shall
40 remain valid and subsisting.
41 SEC. 25. Repealing Clause. - Any law, presidential decree or issuance,
42 executive order, letter of instruction, administrative order, rule or regulation contrary to
43 or is inconsistent with the provision of this Act is hereby repealed, modified, or amended
44 accordingly
45 SEC. 26. Effectivity Clause. - This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its
46 publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
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39 40 41 42 43 2 . and birth of healthy children. and communities is crucial to ensure that reproductive health and population and development policies.This Act declares the following as guiding principles: (a) The right to make free and informed decisions. to all methods of family planning which have been proven safe and effective in accordance with scientific and evidence-based medical standards such as those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). monitoring and evaluation of people-centered programs towards quality of life and environmental protection. Local Goverl1l11ent Units (LGUs) and the private sector in the design. laws and policies that infringe on a person's exercise of sexual health and reproductive health and rights. and (3) conduct studies to analyze demographic trends towards sustainable human development in keeping with the principles of gender equality and the promotion and protection of women's reproductive rights and health. without bias. protect and promote the right to health. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 (g) The provision of reproductive health care and information must be the joint primary responsibility of the National Government and the LGUs consistent with their obligation to respect. reproductive health and rights seek to promote the rights and welfare of every person. non-judgmental and compassionate manner. women's and people's organizations. (b) Respect for. (i) While this Act does not amend the penal law on abortion. and programs will address the priority needs of women. social justice and full human development. and the marginalized. coordination. (f) The State shall promote programs that: (l) enable individuals and couples to have the number of children they desire with due consideration to the health. (c) Effective and quality reproductive health care services must be given primacy to ensure maternal and child health. 3. (e) The State will provide information and access.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The State shall address and seek to eradicate discriminatory practices. effective. which is central to the exercise of any right. (2) ensure effective partnership among the National Goverl1l11ent. like the right itself. (h) Active participation by non-goverl1l11ent. legal. . responsible parenthood. and the marginalized. Guiding Principles for Implementation. in line with the State's duty to promote the right to health. the goverl1l11ent shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane. protection and fulfillment of. plans. and shall be incorporated as a component of basic health care. accessible. particularly of women. integration. affordable. implementation. SEC. the poor. The State shall ensure equitable allocation and utilization of resources in the provision of health care. especially those of women. and quality reproductive health care services is essential in the promotion of the people's right to health. shall not be subjected to any form of coercion and must be fully guaranteed by the State. (d) The provision of medically-safe. and the resources available and affordable to them. the poor.

(1) Gender Equality . diagnosis. administration of loading dose of parenteral anticonvulsants. and often requires women-specific proj ects . including reproductive health. the following terms shall be defined as follows: (a) Adolescent . and other highly specialized obstetric interventions. with the State recognizing that all human beings are free and equal in dignity and rights. programs.refers to lifesaving services for emergency maternal and newborn conditions/complications being provided by a health facility or professional to include the following services: administration of parenteral oxytocic drugs. and to have access to a full range of safe. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 (g) Gender Equity .1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (j) Each family shall have the right to determine its ideal family size. Definition of Terms.refers to a program which enables couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to do so. and referral. and antenatal administration of (maternal) steroids for threatened premature delivery. The term shall not include any labor organization or any of its officers or agents except when acting as an employer.For the purpose of this Act.refers to the policies. and benefit from.md programs to end existing inequalities. It entails equality in opportunities. 3 45 46 47 . (h) Healthcare Service Provider . (b) Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEMONC) . oxygen support. and modern methods of preventing or timing pregnancy. (c) Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEMONC) . injury. treatment of neonatal sepsis infection. however.refers to the principle of equality between women and men and equal rights to enjoy conditions in realizing their full human potentials to contribute to. instruments. directly or indirectly. effective. or in access to services in furtherance of the rights to health and sustainable human development among others.refers to (I) a public or private health care institution. provision of warmth. It also includes neonatal interventions which include at the minimum: newborn resuscitation. the results of development. disease. removal of retained placental products. (e) Family Planning .includes any person acting in the interest of an employer. policies. and manual removal of retained placenta. This concept recognizes that while reproductive health involves women and men. in the allocation of resources or benefits. It also includes emergency neonatal care which includes at the minimum: newborn resuscitation. sexual orientation and gender identity. and care of individuals suffering from illness. Provided. it is more critical for women's health. without discrimination on the basis of a person's sex. which is duly licensed and accredited and devoted primarily to the maintenance and operation of facilities for health promotion. That the State shall equip each parent with the necessary information on all aspects of family life. and actions that address the disadvantaged position of women in society by providing preferential treatment and affirmative action. performance of assisted deliveries in imminent breech. administration of initial dose of antibiotics. 4. treatment.refers to lifesaving services for emergency maternal and newborn conditions/complications as in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care plus the provision of surgical delivery (caesarian section) and blood bank services. (d) Employer . . disease prevention. SEC. in order to make that determination. It entails fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women and men.refers to young people between the ages of ten (l0) to nineteen (19) years who are in transition from childhood to adulthood. affordable.

g.refers to the involvement. or in need of obstetrical or other medical and nursing care. when.refer to safe. guidance and counseling. etc. or midwife. (n) Population and Development . (m) Modern Methods of Family Planning .refers to a person who has no visible means of income. This further implies that women and men attain equal relationships in matters related to sexual relations and reproduction. Prevention. 2. sexually transmittable infections (STIs) as defined in 4 42 . Adolescent aJld youth reproductive health. that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if.refers to the state of complete physical. (1) Maternal Health . education. (2) a public or private health care professional. 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 (p) Reproductive Health Care . including breastfeeding.) in planning and policymaking. who voluntarily renders primarily health care services in the community after having been accredited to function as such by the local health board in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH). and responsibility of males in all areas of sexual health and reproductive health. 5. and how often to do so. facilities and services that contribute to reproductive health and well being by preventing and solving reproductive health-related problems. quantitative and in-depth study of the causes. nurse. techniques.refers to qualitative. as well as the care of reproductive health concerns specific to men. plans and policies. The elements of reproductive health care include: 1.refers to the conscious and explicit consideration of population and development variables (e. who is any doctor of medicine. 4. trends and distribution of maternal death with the primary purpose of preventing future deaths through changes or additions to programs. Maternal health and nutrition. whether natural or aliificial. Prevention of abortion and management of abortion complications. (3) a public health worker engaged in the delivery of health care services. in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. treatment and management of reproductive tract infections (RTIs) as defined in Section 4 (t).refers to a full range of methods. health. It puts people and human development as the primary consideration for any development initiatives. (0) Reproductive Health (RH) . as identified by a means test determined by the National Government. This implies that people are able to have a safe and satisfying sex life. mental and social wellbeing aJld not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. 3. childbirth and the postpaJium period. housing. (j) Male Responsibility .refers to the health of women during pregnancy. commitment.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 disability or deformity. FaJnily plaJllling information and services. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 (k) Maternal Death Review . and (4) a barangay health worker who has undergone training programs under any accredited government and non-government organization and. employment. effective and legal methods. or whose income is insufficient for the subsistence of his family. (i) Indigent . environment. accountability.

6. socio-cultural. (s) Reproductive Rights . healthy and creative lives.refers to the rights of individuals and couples. including transport and referral facilities for emergency obstetric care. It is likewise a shared responsibility between parents to determine and achieve the desired number of children. breast and reproductive tract cancers and other gynecological conditions and disorders. Education and counseling on sexual health. health status. (w) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) . Prevention and treatment of infertility and sexual dysfunction. (v) Sexual Health . 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 (1') Reproductive Health Education . 7. such as a doctor.refers to infections of the reproductive system. (u) Responsible Parenthood . and economic concerns. the number. 8. mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. (q) Reproductive Health Care Program . 5 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 . and (z) Sustainable Human Development . the central purpose of which is the creation of an enabling environment in which all can enjoy long. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. and 9. fi'ee of discrimination.refers to the will and ability of a parent to respond to the needs and aspirations of the family and children. and done in a manner that promotes their rights and protects the life opportunities of future generations and the natural ecosystem on which all life depends.childbirth managed by a skilled health professional plus the enabling conditions of necessary equipment and support of a functioning health system. Elimination of violence against women and children and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.refers to bringing people particularly the poor and vulnerable at the center of development process. spacing and timing of their children according to their own family life aspirations. Male responsibility and involvement and men's reproductive health. and to attain the highest standard of sexual health and reproductive health. to decide freely and responsibly whether or not to have children.refers to a state of physical. nurse or registered' midwife. as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences. (y) Skilled Health Professional . spacing and timing of their children. marginalized and those in vulnerable situations.refers to any infection that may be acquired or passed on through sexual contact.refers to lifelong learning process of providing and acquiring complete. accurate and relevant information and education on sexual health and reproductive health through life skills education and other approaches. free from coercion.1 2 3 4 5 Section 4 (w).refers to the systematic and integrated provision of reproductive health care elements to all citizens especially women. to make other decisions concerning reproduction. (x) Skilled Birth Attendance . (t) Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) . discrimination and violence.refers to an accredited health professional. coercion and violence. and other types of infections affecting the reproductive system. talcing into account psychological preparedness. including STls. the poor. to have the information and means to do so.

intrauterine devices. 5.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SEC. Provided. . equipment and supplies to be able to provide emergency obstetric and newborn care. and (c) Cost offmnily planning supplies. Provision of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care.All serious and life threatening reproductive health conditions such 6 . These products and supplies shall also be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals. . the current levels and projections of the following: (a) Number of women of reproductive age and couples who want to space or limit their children. and municipal health offices.000 population. 6. under emergency conditions and when there are no physicians available. provincial. SEC. For every 500. That they are appropriately trained and certified proficient to administer these life-saving drugs. including rural health units. Maternal Death Review. with the assistance of the DOH. mnong others. . there shall ideally be at least one (1) public or private hospital for CEMONC and four (4) public or private health facilities for BEMONC which shall also be capable of providing blood transfusion services. . PhilHealth Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive Health Conditions. and other public health units shall conduct an mmual Maternal Death Review in accordance with the guidelines set by the DOH.The LGUs. 11. except in specialty hospitals which may render such services on an optional basis. SEC. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies. . . That people in geographically isolated or highly populated and depressed areas shall not be neglected. PrOVided. shall employ an adequate number of midwives and other skilled health professionals for maternal health care and skilled birth attendance to achieve a minimum ratio of one (1) fulltime equivalent skilled health professional for everyone hundred fifty (150) deliveries per year. to be based on the annual number of actual deliveries or live births for the past two (2) years.The National Drug Formulary shall include hormonal contraceptives. SEC. national and local government hospitals. Provided. Access to Family Planning.All accredited public and private health facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning methods. 7. 9.Each LGU shall ensure the establishment or upgrading of hospitals or facilities with adequate and qualified persOlmel. Hiring of Skilled Health Professionals for Maternal Health Care and Skilled Birth Attendance. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines. No person shall be denied information and access to family planning services. SEC. That people in geographically isolated or highly populated and depressed areas shall not be neglected. 10. The DOH shall coordinate with all appropriate LGU bodies to plan and implement this procurement and distribution progrmn. in accordance with the guidelines set by DOH. midwives and nurses shall be allowed to administer life-saving drugs. The supply and budget allotments shall be based on. injectables and other safe.The DOH shall lead and coordinate the efficient procurement and distribution to LGUs and usage-monitoring of family planning supplies for the whole country. SEC. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 SEC. For the purposes of this Act. . legal and effective family planning prodUcts and supplies in accordance with Section 17 (d).All LGUs. (b) Contraceptive prevalence rate. by type of method used. city. 8.

All MHCS shall be operated by LGUs of provinces and highly urbanized cities. to values formation. physical. 15. SEC. shall be responsible for the training ofBHWs and other barangay volunteers on the promotion of reproductive health. 16. SEC. SEC. gender and development. the latter including. Public Awareness. along with the LGUs. and (b) The reproductive health hazards associated with work. but not limited to. and obstetric complications shall be given the maximum benefits. Employers shall also uphold the right of all workers to know work conditions which may affect their health. women's rights and children's rights.Each congressional district shall acquire a Mobile Health Care Service (MHCS) in the form of a van or other means of transpOliation appropriate to coastal and mountainous areas. 13. Capacity Building of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). social and emotional changes in adolescents. a television set for audio-visual presentations.and development-appropriate reproductive health education which shall be taught by adequately trained teachers in formal and non-formal educational system and integrated in relevant subjects such as. 17. Commission on Population (POPCOM) and the LGUs shall initiate and sustain a heightened nationwide multi-media campaign to raise the level of public awareness on the protection and promotion of reproductive health and rights including family plalllling . and responsible parenthood. 14. as well as disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health.The DOH. for the implementation of this Act and shall integrate in their regular operations the following functions: 7 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 . The MHCS shall deliver health care goods and services to its constituents. sexual abuse and violence against women and children and other forms of gender based violence and teen pregnancy. The LGUs. Mobile Health Care Service. as provided in the guidelines set by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHlC).(a) Pursuant to the herein declared policy.The DOH shall be responsible for disseminating information and providing training programs to the LGUs. Age. including hazards that may affect their reproductive functions especially for pregnant women. SEC.and Development. The State shall provide age. responsible teenage behavior. including the provision of Anti-Retroviral Medicines (ARVs).Appropriate Reproductive Health Education. breast and reproductive tract cancers. Employers' Responsibilities.The Depaliment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall ensure that employers respect the reproductive rights of workers and their right to gender equality. Employers shall furnish in writing the following information to all employees and applicants: (a) The medical and health benefits which workers are entitled to. .1 2 3 4 as HIV and AIDS. . Duties and Responsibilities. the DOH shall serve as the lead agency. . including maternity and paternity leave benefits. with the technical assistance of DOH. The purchase of such may be funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of each Congressional District. particularly those related to their reproductive health. knowledge and skills in self-protection against discrimination. SEC. 12. SEC. more particularly to the poor and needy. The MHCS shall be operated by skilled health providers and adequately equipped with a wide range of reproductive health care materials and information dissemination devices and equipment. . but not limited. .

and 3. Ensure provision of basic health care services including. distribution and delivery of quality reproductive health and family planning supplies and commodities to make them accessible and affordable to ordinary citizens. the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment necessary for the delivery of a full range of reproductive health care services and the purchase and distribution of family planning goods and supplies as pmi of the essential health package defined by DOH and PHIC. Facilitate the involvement and participation of non-govermnent organizations and the private sector in reproductive health care service delivery and in the production. and 4. in coordination with PHIC. taking into consideration side effects or other harmful effects of their use. legal. quality and affordable reproductive health goods and services. 2. breastfeeding and infant nutrition. SEC. Prohibited Acts. (d) The FDA shall issue strict guidelines with respect to the use of contraceptives. who shall: 8 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 . Perform such other functions necessary to attain the purposes of this Act. as may be applicable. Furnish LGUs.The following acts are prohibited: (a) Any healthcare service provider. especially on matters relating to sexuality. Ensure people's access to medically safe. Create mld organize Reproductive Health Committees through their respective Local Development Councils (LDCs) to ensure the implementation of this Act. (c) Pursuant to the Local Govermnent Code. Implement programs formulated by the DOH to achieve the purposes of this Act. accessible and affordable reproductive health services and commodities with the concurrent strengthening and enforcement of regulatory mandates and mechanisms. Strengthen the capacities of health regulatory agencies to ensure safe. 2. appropriate information and resources to keep the latter updated on current studies and researches relating to family planning. (b) The DOH. 18. high quality. through their respective local health offices. Supervise and provide assistance to LGUs in the delivery of reproductive health care services and in the purchase of family planning goods and supplies. . and 3. shall: 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1. Fully and efficiently implement the reproductive health care program. but not limited to. whether public or private. 2. the LGUs shall: 1.1 2 3 4 1. 3. further taking into consideration its influence on children and the youth. (e) Corporate citizens shall exercise prudence in advertising its products or services through all forms of media. responsible parenthood.

further.000. personal circumstances. promotion or the provision of employment benefits. In case of married persons. 19. ProVided. the mutual consent of the spouses shall be preferred. In the case of minors. however. pregnancy or the number of children shall not be a ground for non-hiring or termination from employment. the conscientious objector shall immediately refer the person seeking such care and services to another healthcare service provider within the same facility or one which is conveniently accessible. persons exercising parental authority or next of kin shall be required only in elective surgical procedures and in no case shall consent be required in emergency or serious cases as defined in Republic Act 8344. as certified by the DSWD. and/or intentionally provide incorrect information regarding programs and services on reproductive health including the right to informed choice and access to a full range of legal. Knowingly withhold information or restrict the dissemination thereof. if the offender is a public officer. elected or appointed. personally or through a subordinate. at the discretion of the court. (c) Any employer who shall suggest. That in the case of abused minors where parents and/or other family members are the perpetrators or suspects. the decision of the one undergoing the procedure shall prevail. prohibits or restricts the delivery of legal and medically-safe reproductive health care services. Provided. medically-safe and effective family planning methods. That. if the spouse is present.00) to One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100. 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 SEC. age. who.00) or both fine and imprisonment. the patient has to be informed of the medical procedure and its consequences. continued employment. Refuse to perform legal and medically-safe reproductive health procedures on any person of legal age on the ground of lack of third party consent or authorization. no prior parental consent shall be necessary. Provided. or nature of work. including family planning.Any violation of this Act shall be penalized by imprisomnent ranging from one (1) month to six (6) months or a fine of Ten Thousand (PI0. she/he shall also be administratively liable. gender. and 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 3. Further. or not use such methods as a condition for employment. Penalties. in their absence. sexual orientation. use any modern methods of family planning. 2. 9 . or shall do any act that hinders the full implementation of a reproductive health program as mandated by this Act. the written consent of parents or legal guardian 01'. Refuse to extend quality health care services and information on account of the person's marital status.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1. require. That the conscientious objection of a healthcare service provider based on his/her ethical or religious beliefs shall be respected.000. In all cases. coerces or induces any person to use such services. which penalizes the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency and serious cases. or refuses to allocate. That in the absence of the spouse or in case of disagreement ofthe spouses. or forces. Provided. elected or appointed. Provided. or to support reproductive health programs. . religion. approve or release any budget for reproductive health care services. unduly influence or cause any applicant for employment or an employee to submit himself/herself to sterilization. City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. further. That it is not an emergency case or one which requires immediate medical attention or procedure. Provided. (b) Any public officer. That the person is not in an emergency condition or serious case as defined in RA 8344.

the DOH and POPCOM.This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation. 10 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 . and League of Municipalities. the Secretary of Health or his/her designated representative as Chairperson.If any provision or part hereof. The report shall be printed and distributed to all national agencies. Department of the Interior and Local Government. is held invalid or unconstitutional. 24. Reporting Requirements. rule or regulation contrary to or is inconsistent with the provision of this Act is hereby repealed. executive order. protect and fulfill women's reproductive health and rights. 20.The amounts appropriated in the current annual General Appropriations Act (GAA) for reproductive health and natural and artificial family planning under the DOH and POPCOM and other concerned agencies shall be allocated and utilized for the implementation of this Act. modified. League of Cities. the authorized representative/s of POPCOM.This Act shall be liberally construed to ensure the provision.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 SEC. . administrative order. Separability Clause. and to promote. . natural and artificial family planning commodity requirements as outlined in Sec. shall submit to the President of the Philippines and Congress an annual consolidated report.Within sixty (60) days from the effectivity of this Act. to be selected by the Secretary of Health. people's. shall come from nongovernment. and young people's organizations. in consultation with non-government organizations. Effectivity Clause. delivery and access to reproductive health care services. together with non-government. SEC. SEC. protect and fulfill women's reproductive health and rights. SEC. Appropriations. and for other reproductive health services. which shall provide a definitive and comprehensive assessment of the implementation of its programs and those of other government agencies and instrumentalities and recommend priorities for executive and legislative actions. . people's. implementation. That one of them shall represent women's organizations and another shall represent young people's organizations. Approved. shall be included in the subsequent years' general appropriations. Interpretation Clause. National Economic and Development Authority. . the LGUs. 22. and impact of all policies related to reproductive health and family planning to ensure that such policies promote. the remainder of the law or the provision not otherwise affected shall remain valid and subsisting. DepEd. or amended accordingly SEC. women's. 21. DSWD. letter of instruction. the training and deployment of skilled health providers. 26. SEC. presidential decree or issuance. Provided. women's organizations. The annual report shall evaluate the content. The Gender and Development (GAD) funds of LGUs and national agencies shall be a source of funding for the implementation of this Act. Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). 10. 25. At least four (4) members of the IRR drafting committee.Before the end of April each year. PHIC. Philippine Commission on Women. League of Provinces. SEC. women's and young people's organizations. Repealing Clause. young people's organizations and the private sector. non-government organizations and private sector organizations involved in said programs.Any law. Such additional sums necessary to provide for the upgrading of facilities necessary to meet BEMONC and CEMONC standards. 23. . . shall jointly promulgate the rules and regulations for the effective implementation of this Act. .

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