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NAPC lauds SC Ruling RPRH as Constitutional 11APR2014

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The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) lauded the Supreme Court declaration of Republic Act 10354, known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive health (RPRH), as “not unconstitutional” and considers it as a giant leap forward in the fight against poverty.

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NAPC lauds SC Ruling RPRH as Constitutional 11APR2014

  1. 1. Office of the President of the Philippines NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSION LWUA Water Supply Training Center MWSS-LWUA Complex, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City Trunk lines 4264956, 4264965, 4265019, 4265028, Fax 9279838 Press Statement 11 April 2014 NAPC lauds SC ruling RPRH as constitutional, sees better human development targets in near future The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) lauded the Supreme Court declaration of Republic Act 10354, known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive health (RPRH), as “not unconstitutional” and considers it as a giant leap forward in the fight against poverty. “We expect to see improved human development indicators in the next few years after the RPRH Law gets implemented by national government and local government units,” NAPC Secretary Joel Rocamora said after the Supreme Court decision on Tuesday. “The law affirms the freedom of couples to decide on the number and spacing of their children, and their access to government-provided family planning services. When local governments, including public hospitals and health centers are be able to respond to the reproductive health needs of women,”the fight against increasing poverty becomes stronger. The economic empowerment of women requires that women be allowed to make decisions and choices over their sexual and reproductive health,” Rocamora clarified. In addition, NAPC Undersecretary Florencia Dorotan said, “Data gathered directly from communities and regional offices show we are still short of reaching our Millenium Development Goals targets on poverty-reduction and health by 2015.” “But with the full implementation of the RPRH law, we look forward to significant decrease in maternal and infant mortality, better nutrition for our babies, a protective environment for women and children, healthier lifestyle for young people who are aware of the ill-effects of irresponsible choices, and free and accessible services and supplies for poor couples who cannot afford the expensive family planning commodities,” the Undersecretary added. NAPC, which functions under the Office of the President, coordinates and advises on the anti- poverty strategies of the Philippine government. Along with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), NAPC also monitors the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), which involves civil society and community organizations in local development planning to address the most urgent concerns of marginalized and vulnerable sectors, including reproductive health and family planning needs. For more information, contact: Bryan G. Villasana Communications Officer +639272862812 napc.comms@gmail.com

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