January 24, 2016
The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) cartoon dated January 17, 2017 seeks to equate the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law with “drug killings.” Nothing can be further from the truth.
The caricature seeks to make a comparison that does not exist: a law that upholds rights compared with purported extrajudicial actions.
“The government agencies concerned (Department of Health, Commission on Population and others) have always upheld the Constitution and the RPRH Law that guarantees the right of families to raise the number of children they desire in a responsible manner and induced abortion or the use of abortifacients will never have a place in our family planning program,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III said.
January 11, 2017
The joint efforts of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Health (DOH) to push further the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act (RPRH Law) has been realized with the signing of the Executive Order (EO) on “Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning” last January 9, 2017.
This order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary to attain and sustain “zero unmet need for modern family planning” for all poor households by 2018, and all of Filipinos thereafter. It also enjoins three key national government agencies DOH, Commission on Population (POPCOM) and Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) and all local government units to accelerate mechanisms and strategies to attain the said purpose through the strict implementation of the RPRH Law.
December 29, 2016
The Philippine population will continue to increase in 2017 and is projected to reach 105,758,850 by December 31, 2017, based on projections made by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) using data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Included in the projection are 27,293,422 women of reproductive age (aged 15-49). These women are usually the beneficiaries of Reproductive Health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.