RH advocates meet in Cotabato to push full implementation of law

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Reproductive health advocates urged local government units to pursue the meaningful implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law.

In a media briefing held in Cotabato City on Thursday, Sept. 7, Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) led the call for the full implementation of the law five years since its enactment in December 2012.

Committing to their RPRH Law advocacy, PLCPD continues to assist local government units (LGUs) in crafting their own RH policies.

Earlier this year, in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the municipalities of Sumisip, Basilan and Jolo, Sulu, as well as the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi and municipalities Bongao and Panglima Sugala, have approved resolutions, while the provincial government of Basilan, the municipality of Maluso, and the city of Lamitan, have filed resolutions calling on the justices of the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on family planning commodities.

In 2012, the MMA Act 292 or the Reproductive Health Care Act of 2012 was approved in ARMM. But the group cited an uneven implementation of the law at the local level, rise in serious adolescent RH problems, legal barriers, lack of public awareness, and insufficient funding.