The Commission on Population’s Official Statement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s First State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25, 2016
In the first ever State of the Nation (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, he mentioned “health” six times and one of the most precious moments for the Commission on Population (POPCOM) was when he coupled it with the word “reproductive.”
Lauded by the live audience in the first SONA of President Duterte and among the reproductive health advocates was his statement about population management:
“The implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law must be put into full force and effect [applause] so that couples, especially the poor, will have freedom of informed choice on the number and spacing of children they can adequately care and provide for, [applause] eventually making them more productive members of the labor force.”
Being the country’s central policy making, planning and coordinating body for the population program, POPCOM supports the call of the President to fully implement the RPRH Law.
The Commission on Population recognizes the importance given by the President in reproductive health specifically in family planning from Day 1 of his office to his first SONA where he stated his vision for the RPRH beyond his term. As a matter of fact, the Commission directs its priority to the family planning (FP) program of the country.
“We’ve been strongly pushing to immediately lift the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in some of the important provisions of the law,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III said.