Access to Family Planning 3. Instead he referred to the Filipino Family survey of December 2009 conducted by the HB&A International (an affiliate of Louis Harris & Associates) together with the personnel of Asia Research Organization (the Philippine affiliate of Gallup International). (f) Fetal and infant death review refers to a qualitative and in-depth study of the causes of fetal and infant death with the primary purpose of preventing future deaths through changes or additions to programs, plans and policies. The committee quickly passed the bill in just one session. These bills have been seen either as a nullification of the RH Bill, its alternative, or as a way of achieving unity among the populace, since the RH Bill proponents have stated their concern in preventing abortion. 9439, otherwise known as "An Act Prohibiting the Detention of Patients in Hospitals and Medical Clinics on Grounds of Nonpayment of Hospital Bills or Medical Expenses", addresses the problem involving some hospitals and medical clinics that refuse to discharge patients due to the latter's inability to pay their hospital bills or medical expenses by encouraging them … (t) Reproductive health and sexuality education refers to a lifelong learning process of providing and acquiring complete, accurate and relevant age- and development-appropriate information and education on reproductive health and sexuality through life skills education and other approaches. An offender who is an alien shall, after service of sentence, be deported immediately without further proceedings by the Bureau of Immigration. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Congressman Roilo Golez and Buhay party-list separately filed bills that seek to restrict abortion and birth control use. (e) Family planning 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 to have access to a full range of safe, affordable, effective, non-abortifacient modem natural and artificial methods of planning pregnancy. The Physicians’Act once enacted into law is hoped to address the problem of the emergence of many medical organizations in the country that is causing a lot of confusion to the Professional Regulation Commission, especially in complying with the country’s obligation towards ASEAN Integration. In 1975, the United States adopted as its policy the National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests (NSSM200). Title. SEC. Employers shall inform employees of the availability of family planning. The pro-RH people accuse the anti-RH group of misleading the public by calling the bill an abortion bill, when the bill states that abortion remains a crime and is punishable. (d) Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEMONC) 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, and other highly specialized obstetric interventions. It also includes sexual health, the purpose of which is the enhancement of life and personal relations. The LGUs, with the technical assistance of the DOH, shall be responsible for the training of BHWs and other barangay volunteers on the promotion of reproductive health. [9], In Population and Poverty, Aniceto Orbeta, Jr., showed that poverty incidence is higher among big families: 57.3% of Filipino families with seven children are in poverty while only 23.8% of families who have two children live below the poverty threshold. If the offender is a pharmaceutical company, its agent and/or distributor, their license or permit to operate or conduct business in the Philippines shall be perpetually revoked, and a fine triple the amount involved in the violation shall be imposed. SEC. The MHCS shall be operated by skilled health providers and adequately equipped with a wide range of health care materials and information dissemination devices and equipment, the latter including, but not limited to, a television set for audio-visual presentations. 3. [67], Filipinos for Life, an anti-abortion organization, claimed that the bill was funded by foreign population control groups, a claim that Rep. Edcel Lagman denied as "an old yarn which is destitute of factual basis", saying that the lobby opposing the bill was the one which was backed by the "wealthy Catholic hierarchy with the aid of dozens of lay organizations". – There is hereby created a Congressional Oversight Committee (COC) composed of five (5) members each from the Senate and the House of Representatives. SEC. Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL National Statistics Office Manila. [28], Opposing the bill, Former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo wrote that it is "truly disingenuous for anyone to proceed on the premise that the poor are to blame for the nation's poverty:. Guiding Principles for Implementation. [70], On January 31, 2011, six different bills were consolidated into a single RH Bill which was then unanimously approved for plenary debate by the House Committee on Population and Family Relations. SEC. Thus the UP economists "strongly and unequivocally support" the thrust of the bill to enable "couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to carry out their decisions". Among those who originally knew of the bill, the score is 84 percent in favor, and 6 percent opposed. They have established a technical working group for this purpose. He said that his position "is more aptly called responsible parenthood rather than reproductive health". The forty-eight (48) hours annual pro bono services shall be included as a prerequisite in the accreditation under the PhilHealth. [9] At the national level, fertility reduction cuts the cost of social services with fewer people attending school or seeking medical care and as demand eases for housing, transportation, jobs, water, food, and other natural resources. 22. [32], Senator Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto said that the RH Bill is redundant to a 2009 law referred to as the Magna Carta for Women, which contains reproductive health provisions, asking the Senate to drop the bill. [65] Passing it or not passing it of the bill has negative implications depending on the views. [9] They say that lack of access leads to a number of serious problems which demand attention: (1) "too many and too closely-spaced children raises the risk of illness and premature deaths (for mother and child alike)," (2) "the health risks associated with mistimed and unwanted pregnancies are higher for adolescent mothers, as they are more likely to have complications during labor," (3) women who have mistimed pregnancies are "constrained to rely more on public education and health services and other publicly provided goods and services", further complicating limited public resources, (4) families are not able to achieve their desired family size. Republic Act No. 5. According to the ABS-CBN news which reported on the results: "In the SMS poll, 69.58% of votes cast reject the RH bill while 30.42% support it. ... Republic Act 2010 … [10] They stressed that "the experience from across Asia indicates that a population policy cum government-funded [family planning] program has been a critical complement to sound economic policy and poverty reduction". The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes this development as it is excellent proof of commitment to improving access to high quality health services at the least cost to families. "[15], The RH bill provides for "prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other, STIs/STDs", especially since the number of HIV cases among the young nearly tripled from 41 in 2007 to 110 in 2008. SEC. 16. He also said surveys suggest that the total wanted fertility rate for the Philippines is 2.4 children, or below the actual TFR of 3.3 children. ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies. Section 1. (j) Maternal death review refers to a qualitative and in-depth study of the causes of maternal death with the primary purpose of preventing future deaths through changes or additions to programs, plans and policies. On April 8, 2014, through a statement delivered in Baguio City by Spokesperson of the Supreme Court Theodore Te, Republic Act No. An act coverting the Davao Regional Hospital into Davao Regional Medical Center, increasing its bed capacity and appropriating funds therefor, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7179. Reps. Emerciana de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan wanted to delete three provisions which state that "gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of reproductive health and population and development", which integrate responsible parenthood and family planning programs into anti-poverty initiatives, and which name the Commission on Population and Development or POPCOM as a coordinating body. Processing of Health Information may be through: Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system Proponents such as 14 Ateneo de Manila University professors, argued thus: "Studies show that the majority of women who go for an abortion are married or in a consensual union (91%), the mother of three or more children (57%), and poor (68%) (Juarez, Cabigon, and Singh 2005). Department of Health is proposing 13.7 billion pesos to be fund the RH Bill if it is passed in 2012, according to Senator Pia Cayetano. Fifty years after the Philippines made it policy to gradually provide total medical service for its people through a medical care act, the President signed into law the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act (Republic Act 11223). “By 2040, the Philippines is a prosperous middle class society where no one is poor. The Department of Health (DOH) with all other government and non-government organization shall impart and collaborate to the implementation of comprehensive public education and awareness program on liver cancer and viral … Memorandum Circular No. – The national or the local government may provide each provincial, city, municipal and district hospital with a Mobile Health Care Service (MHCS) in the form of a van or other means of transportation appropriate to its terrain, taking into consideration the health care needs of each LGU. 10354 ] AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. [13] The bill is "meant to prevent maternal deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth", said Clara Padilla of Engender Rights. (Sgd.) [11], Opponents refer to a 2003 study of Rand Corporation, which concluded that "there is little cross-country evidence that population growth impedes or promotes economic growth...population neutralism has in fact been the predominant school in thinking among academics about population growth for the last half-century". Pro Bono Services for Indigent Women. The State shall also promote openness to life; Provided, That parents bring forth to the world only those children whom they can raise in a truly humane way. [citation needed], The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle opposes the Reproductive Health Bill, along with abortion and contraception. Because 81% of Filipinos are Catholics, the Catholic Church exerts a strong influence in public and moral life. In 2004, the Department of Health (DOH) introduced the Philippines Contraceptive Self-Reliance Strategy, arranging for the replacement of these donations with domestically provided contraceptives.[5]. Proponents also accuse the Catholic Church of holding the Philippines "hostage" and violating the separation of church and state. It provides that "the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner". REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Agnette de Perio Peralta and Maria Cecilia Credo Matienzo ([email protected] and [email protected]) ... Department of Health Rizal Avenue, Manila 1003 , Philippines. House Speaker Belmonte said that Congress is not likely to rush the legislation of the bill and will tackle it in plenary early next year. It entails fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women and men, and often requires women-specific projects and programs to end existing inequalities. TV5 Debate, Hamon sa Pagbabago, August 21, 2011, hosted by Ricardo "Dong" Puno and Luchi Cruz-Valdez. Repealing Clause. SEC. MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP Role of the Food and Drug Administration Pro-RH Bill snators encouraged the President to be steadfast to do his duties towards the state. Companies with fewer than 200 workers are required to enter into partnership with health care providers in their area for the delivery of reproductive health services. (n) Public health care service provider refers to: (1) public health care institution, which is duly licensed and accredited and devoted primarily to the maintenance and operation of facilities for health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of individuals suffering from illness, disease, injury, disability or deformity, or in need of obstetrical or other medical and nursing care; (2) public health care professional, who is a doctor of medicine, a nurse or a midwife; (3) public health worker engaged in the delivery of health care services; or (4) barangay health worker who has undergone training programs under any accredited government and NGO and 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 guideline’s promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH). – The LGUs shall endeavor to hire an adequate number of nurses, midwives and other skilled health professionals for maternal health care and skilled birth attendance to achieve an ideal skilled health professional-to-patient ratio taking into consideration DOH targets: Provided, That people in geographically isolated or highly populated and depressed areas shall be provided the same level of access to health care: Provided, further, That the national government shall provide additional and necessary funding and other necessary assistance for the effective implementation of this provision. Appropriations. SEC. (k) Maternal health refers to the health of a woman of reproductive age including, but not limited to, during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Crisis Situations 8. Joaquin Bernas, S.J, one of the drafters of the Philippine Constitution and a prominent lawyer and writer, explained that the concept of separation of church and state is directed towards the state, rather than the church, as it is a political concept. They also proposed "parallel programs for providing information and training, one for Natural Family Planning (NFP) and another for artificial methods of family planning". It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free from coercion, discrimination and violence. Medical Assistance Program. On September 30, 2010, one of the freethinkers, Carlos Celdran staged a protest action against the Catholic Church, holding a sign which read "DAMASO," a reference to the villainous, corrupt clergyman Father Dámaso of the novel Noli Me Tangere by Filipino revolutionary writer Jose Rizal, and shouting "stop getting involved in politics!" SEC. [9] Proponents argue that government-funded access is the key to breaking the inter-generational poverty that many people are trapped in. Meanwhile, the Imam Council of the Philippines, the top leaders of the Moslem population which at 4.5 million constitutes 5% of the Philippine population, declared that they are against contraceptives since using them "underestimates God" and "makes one lose morality in the process.". Mobile Health Care Service. SEC. He emphasized that the government should apply the principle of first things first and focus on the root causes of the poverty (e.g., poor governance, corruption) and apply many other alternatives to solve the problem (e.g., giving up pork barrel, raising tax collection efficiency). It was transmitted back to the House of Representatives and the Senate, which both ratified the bill, with the Senate voting 11–5 in favor of ratification, and the House of Representatives voting via voice vote[80][81], On December 21, 2012, President Aquino signed the bill into law, codifying the bill as Republic Act No. [2], The Senate Policy Brief titled "Promoting Reproductive Health", the history of reproductive health in the Philippines dates back to 1967 when leaders of 12 countries including the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos signed the Declaration on Population. Studies show that 44% of the pregnancies in the poorest, An SWS survey of 2008 showed that 71% of the respondents are in favor of the bill, People's freedom to access contraceptives is not restricted by any opposing law, being available in family planning NGOs, stores, etc. Aquino stressed, "I'm a Catholic, I'm not promoting it. Among those who learned of the bill for the first time because of the survey, the score is 59 percent in favor, versus 11 percent opposed. The RAND study also said that a large population can promote growth given the right fundamentals. SEC. Certificate of Compliance. [17], Defending the bill, Felipe Medalla, former dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, said that "although the poor's access to family planning services can be improved even without the law, the absence of the law makes it easier to block the program". Objectives.-. ABOUT DOH Profile ... UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE POLICIES AND LAWS RAs, EOs, AOs, IRRs, MCs, DCs Republic Act 2010-2012 House Bills Notice of Public Hearing. 8344. (m) Natural family planning refers to a variety of methods used to plan or prevent pregnancy based on identifying the woman’s fertile days. 10172 (An Act Further Authorizing the City or Municipal Civil Registrar or the Consul General to Correct Clerical or Typographical Errors in the Day and Month in the … "[76], In September 2010, Aquino, during this visit to the United States, reiterated his stand that he is in favor of responsible parenthood and respects the decision of each couple as to the number of children they want, and if they need the government support for contraception, the government will provide it. The supply and budget allotments shall be based on, among others, 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; (b) Contraceptive prevalence rate, by type of method used; and. 15. SEC. No person shall be denied information and access to family planning services, whether natural or artificial: Provided, That minors will not be allowed access to modern methods of family planning without written consent from their parents or guardian/s except when the minor is already a parent or has had a miscarriage. SEC. 10354, otherwise known as the "Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012". 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, mandated to administer and implement the provisions of the Act, and to monitor and ensure compliance of the country with international standards set for data protection. (u) Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) refers to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other types of infections affecting the reproductive system. SEC. 27. Congressional approval and presidential assent, Supreme Court challenge and delay of implementation, Section 30 of the law provides that "this act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation". The Act and these Rules apply to the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. The Act aims to substantially raise the profile of the Philippines in the data privacy (and business in the data processing) sphere by mandating that all personal information controllers ('Controller'), being persons who control the collection, holding, processing or use of the personal information of others (defined in the Act as 'Data Subjects'), comply with a raft of requirements before … 10410. (z) Skilled health professional refers to a midwife, doctor or nurse, who has been educated and trained in the skills needed to manage normal and complicated pregnancies, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period, and in the identification, management and referral of complications in women and newborns. by CIA World Factbook), or 1.85% (2005–2010 high variant estimate by the UN Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision) coming from 3.1 in 1960. The act of the employer of accessing your iCloud account without your knowledge and consent, and without authority under the law may constitute … SEC. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. The individuals can then make use of the cash they receive to purchase birth control devices they may choose, thus guaranteeing freedom of choice. As used in this Act, the following terms shall mean: a. 2008-0009: Adopting the 2008 revised list of notifiable diseases, syndromes, health-related events and conditions. Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). SEC. For the purpose of this Act, any product or supply included or to be included in the EDL must have a certification from the FDA that said product and supply is made available on the condition that it is not to be used as an abortifacient. All content is in the public domain unless otherwise stated. Republic Act No. 8. The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference said that there could be an excommunication of the President if he continues his stance. At least four (4) members of the IRR drafting committee, to be selected by the DOH Secretary, shall come from NGOs. This Act provides for and shall govern (a) the standardization and regulation of medical education; (b) the examination for registration of physicians; and (c) the supervision, control and regulation of the practice of medicine in the Philippines. The two party-list representatives strongly state that poverty is not due to over-population but because of inequality and corruption. Penalties [32], Jo Imbong, founder of the Abay Pamilya Foundation, reported that "Lagman said in a House hearing that the bill would protect human life 'from implantation' ",[36] and not from fertilization, noting at the same time that the Records of the Constitutional Commission state that "Human life begins at fertilization". Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education The Philippine Medical Care Commission (PMCC) was tasked to oversee the implementation of the program which went for almost a quarter of a century. SEC. [66] They argue that a decreased population growth will lead to improved quality of life and economic development. Republic of the Philippines For the purposes of this Act, midwives and nurses shall be allowed to administer lifesaving drugs such as, but not limited to, oxytocin and magnesium sulfate, in accordance with the guidelines set by the DOH, under emergency conditions and when there are no physicians available: Provided, That they are properly trained and certified to administer these lifesaving drugs. SEC. Implementing Mechanisms 10354, is a law in the Philippines, which guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. The bill intends to provide universal access through government funding, complementing thus private sector initiatives for family planning services, such as those offered by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) which supports the Family Planning Organizations of the Philippines and the 97 organizations of the Philippine NGO Council. SEC. For these women, terminating a pregnancy is an anguished choice they make in the face of severe constraints. [24], In response, the Ateneo administration announced its unity with Catholic teaching and that it had "serious objections to the present bill". SEC. SEC. 6111 AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE PHILIPPINE MEDICAL CARE PLAN AND CREATING THE PHILIPPINE MEDICAL CARE COMMISSION, PRESCRIBING ITS DUTIES, POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR. The Philippine National Drug Formulary System (PNDFS) shall be observed in selecting drugs including family planning supplies that will be included or removed from the Essential Drugs List (EDL) in accordance with existing practice and in consultation with reputable medical associations in the Philippines. The State recognizes marriage as an inviolable social institution and the foundation of the family which in turn is the foundation of the nation. 10. ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS is an international peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all areas of (1) Physical Sciences, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Mathematical Sciences, (4) Engineering, (5) Computer and Information Sciences, and (6) Geosciences to publish original short communications, full research papers and timely brief (mini) … Sexual and Reproductive health 15. One in ten women (13%) who had attempted an abortion revealed that this was because her pregnancy resulted from forced sex (ibid.). 10354 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations are declared as “not unconstitutional” with the exception of eight items. 24. It will mean reneging on international commitments and will slow down modernization. [citation needed], The President of Prolife Philippines, Lito Atienza, said that the surveys conducted by SWS and Pulse Asia were misleading, because the participants were not fully informed of the bill, were merely aware of it, and informed that it was about health and "modern methods". The National Privacy Commission, or NPC, is an independent body created under Republic Act No. Recently, the National Privacy Commission of the Philippines published the final text of its Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. The DOH shall provide such programs, technical support, including capacity building and monitoring. A fan page, Free Carlos Celdran was created in Facebook, which generated 23,808 fans in 24 hours. Meanwhile, six co-authors of the bill withdrew support, with the head of the minority group of the house declaring that eight of their group are withdrawing their previous support for the bill. – The State recognizes and guarantees the human rights of all persons including their right to equality and nondiscrimination of these rights, the right to sustainable human development, the right to health which includes reproductive health, the right to education and information, and the right to choose and make decisions for themselves in accordance with their religious convictions, ethics, cultural beliefs, and the demands of responsible parenthood.

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