4,000 join ‘Purple Ribbon’ march PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 October 2011 16:18

Some 4,000 people marched through R.T. Lim Boulevard up to the WMSU Road yesterday afternoon to call for a national day of Purple Ribbon for Reproductive Health (RH).

The marchers, mostly youth RH campaigners, urged Congress to vote on the RH bill. They also called on Congress to act on the RH bill now since the debate on the controversial bill has already taken more than a decade.

The march was followed by the lighting of candles.

The Purple Ribbon and thelightining of candles was held simultaneously in Zamboanga City, Naga City, Davao City, Metro Manila, Cebu City and Angeles City.

The evetns were joined and supported by multi-sectoral groups nationwide. Here in the city, it was participated by the women organizations, students, academe, NGOs and civic groups. The Philippine National Police and the military were also invited.

In a press conference,  Gabiela  Partylist Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan disclosed that the RH Bill is “pro-life, pro-health, pro-family and pro-services for the less fortunate and marginalized people.”

She said the bill is not for population control but for family health planning.

Ilagan called on the people who are opposing the RH Bill to read and study it thoroughly and carefully and not to be misled that it is all about condom.

Ilagan said 11 mothers continue to die of pregnancy and childbirth complications daily due to lack of comprehensive services on maternal health and family planning.

“Activity related to women purple and color. Kaya sa Gabriela nga which is related to women organization, purple talaga ang ating color...ito naman, purple ribbon because principally, ang nakikita kasi na pag mayron tayong RH law tulungan talaga ang kababaihan, mga nanay. That’s why, purple,” Ilagan explained.— Allen Abastillas with report from Hader Glang