Media men attend confab on RH Bill PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 16:18

Newsmen from Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi attended yesterday a Regional Media Conference on the Responsible Parenthood-Reproductive Health (RH) Bill held at the Astoria Hotel’s Lotus Restaurant.

The conference centered its discussion on Congress’ tackling of RH bill.
The event was spearheaded by the Philippine Non Government Organization on Population, Health and Welfare Inc., Reproductive Health Advocacy Network, Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation Inc., Commission on Population and The Forum for Family Planning & Development Inc.

Yesterday’s conference was held for media people. Today, the same event is scheduled for non-government organizations (NGOs)  in the region.

Former Congresswoman Liza Largoza-Maza of Gabriela Partylist  told participants that it is very urgent for the RH Bill to be enacted so that women in the country most specially the young, in remote areas will be provided with services and education in health care.

“The government must prioritize and protect the women’s health,” Maza said.
During the discussion, Ms. Jane Cabrera, a newshen rom Siasi, Sulu who is now practicing in Zamboanga del ,Norte disclosed that health services for women are lacking in the many islands of her town.

She said women are suffering because of lack of health services mostly during pregnancy.
Cabrera called on the government to look into this  predicament.

PNGOC  Executive Director Dr. Eden Divinagracia said that the RH Bill principal author is Rep. Edcel Lagman, while the Senate version of the bill is authored by Sen. Miriam Defensor with Sen. Pia Cayetano as co-author.

Divinagracia explained that there is a need for the bill to be enacted to give women access to health services and for couples to choose or decide what size of family they want with full of responsibility.
PNGOC, which is composed of 95 national and local NGOs nationwide, fully supports the passage of the RH Bill. — Allen Abastillas