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RH Bill one of top 12 priority bills – malacanang

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

all this talk on the RH Bill being important to the aquino administration is a good thing, i hope.   let’s see if this congress is able to pass the RH Bill.

RH one of Aquino’s 12 priority bills for Congress’ approval

By Christine O. Avendaño, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:41:00 01/20/2011
MANILA, Philippines—The reproductive health bill is one of 12 priority bills that President Benigno Aquino III will be presenting to Congress for approval this year.

Mr. Aquino Wednesday said that the reproductive health bill, which he prefers to call the “responsible parenthood” bill, was one of the measures that he discussed with the Cabinet at a seven-hour meeting on Tuesday to firm up the administration’s legislative agenda for presentation to congressional leaders at the end of the month.

He said he wanted the features of the reproductive health bill to include the provisions agreed earlier between the Palace and the Catholic Church, such as one that says that information on family planning methods will not be forced on people and that “there will be sanctions if this was done.”

“And maybe we might also set up natural family planning centers, apart from the other methods to be done by the Department of Health,” Mr. Aquino told reporters.

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2M/year added to philippine population, will reach 100M by 2014 – can the country afford it?

January 5, 2011 7 comments

with a growth rate of 2.04%, the country adds 2M to the population every year. ithe population is expected to reach 96M this year and at the current rate, it will reach 100M as soon as 2014.

100M in the philippines is very hard to imagine but it will happen sooner than what we want it to be.


by rank, the philippines has the 12th largest population in the world. bur the story should not end there. size of population per se is not a bad thing. we need to look at other things to see whether the size makes sense or not.

for sure, population growth rate matters.  growth rates show the number of people we add to the population given a specific cycle. it makes sense to conclude that from a population growth standpoint, the slower, the better. after all, we live in a finite world and that includes the philippines. the country has very defined boundaries, it is a finite space. we just can’t pile each person on top of the other when horizontal space runs out.

we should look at other things – one is nominal GDP.


This article includes a list of countries of the world sorted by their gross domestic product (GDP), the market value of all final goods and services from a nation in a given year. The GDP dollar estimates presented here are calculated at market or government official exchange rates.

Several economies which are not considered to be countries (world, the EU, Eurozone, and somedependent territories) are included in the list because they appear in the sources. These economies are not ranked in the charts here, but are listed.

The first list includes 2010 data1 for members of the International Monetary Fund.

The second list shows the World Bank‘s 2009 estimates, and the third list includes mostly 2009 estimates from the CIA World Factbook.


a country is like a family – a family has a size, a specific number of people and it also has income. the family uses this income to support the family’s needs like food to feed it’s members, clothing,  medicine, rent, education, transportation and leisure plus other needs of the household.

the more income you have with the same family members the better. when the number of people in the family increase, then the amount of income needs to increase as well for the family to be able to maintain the same lifestyle and needs. that can be difficult for many families as it is not easy to increase income – one cannot  easily get a promotion or other members of the family take on new jobs or source of income.

“living  within your means” comes to mind as the smart thing to do.

family income is GDP to a country and population of a country is to family size to families. both have expenses.

common sense tells you and it is the smart thing, that since the philippines has the 12th largest population in the world, the country needs to have GDP or income that ranks also 12th in the world. the 12th most populous should have the 12th largest GDP in the world.

that is not the case.  here is the top 20 GDP ranking in the world.


okay, the philippines is not among the top 20 in the world in GDP, so maybe it is slighly lower, say to 40.  it is not ideal but at least it is close.

well, not true. the philippines GDP size is not even among the top 40.

the fact is in terms of GDP, the philippines ranks among the top 50 in the world, 47th largest to be specific.

the country has the 12th largest population in the world and yet it only has the 47th largest GDP in the world.

your conclusions and thoughts?

new Pulse Asia RH Bill survey : anti-RH Bill proponents are ineffective and ignored by the people; 69% support RH Bill

December 1, 2010 4 comments

pulse asia has released new research conducted in october on people’s sentiments on the RH Bill.

  • a high 80% of the respondents are aware of the RH Bill. given the high degree of discussion that has occurred on the RH Bill in recent weeks, we were expecting it to be higher.
  • the question on sentiments on the RH BIll  is well done and is comprehensive in covering the key points of the RH Bill. this question is the most key in this research. it was a good idea that the design included the key elements of the RH Bill in the question. that ensures the respondents are  fully aware of what the RH Bill is all about.
  • a high 69% of respondents agree and support the RH Bill. this  is notable as this is about as high as it sued to be in previous researches. that means people’s sentiments have not changed despite the heightened attacks of the anti-RH Bill faction in recent weeks.
  • it can also mean the anti-RH-Bill groups  have been largely ineffective in swaying the sentiments of the people on the RH Bill.
  • most recent months have seen a lot of discussion and debate on the RH Bill,. that means the people are even more aware and educated on what the RH Bill is all about. the scores favoring the RH BIll says  the more they  know about the more they support the bill.
  • agreement and support for the RH Bill is highly significant, broad based  and across the board  – all regions and all socio-eco classes.


SWS Poll January 2010 – 38% will vote for candidates who support the bill, 68% favor all forms of family planning made available in public health centers

March 13, 2010 4 comments

new poll results from SWS show voters are very supportive of RH Bill 5043 so much so that 4 out of 10 (38%) of them said they will vote candidates who support the RH Bill. only 6% said they will vote for those who oppose it.

their support for candidate who support the RH Bill comes from an overwhelming desire, 68%,  to have all legal means of family planning be made available in public health centers. currently public health centers only promote and give information on traditional methods of contraception (natural methods) and do not distribute modern methods of contraception (artificial methods) nor do they provide information on them.

even catholics, a high 64% of  them favor the same thin and across the board, from all socio-eco classes.

it look like filipinos are very much united on supporting RH Bill 5o43 and modern methods of contraception.  

 Will you vote for candidates who support the RH Bill?

  • 38% (or 4 out of 10) will vote for candidates who favor the Reproductive Health (RH) bill
  •  20% –  no effect on their vote
  • 6% –  would vote for those who oppose it
  • 39%  ABC, 38% D, 37% E would vote for candidates who support the RH Bill

Make all legal means of family planning methods available through public health services:

  • 68%  favored giving couples access to all legal means of family planning from public health services
  • 68%  percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “All of the legal means of family planning that a couple might choose to use at a particular time should be available from the government health service.”
  • 75% ABC, 68% D, and 65% E
  • 69% among catholics 64% among non catholics



4 of 10 voters favor pro-RH bets 
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:16:00 03/13/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Four of 10 registered voters, or 38 percent, will vote for candidates who favor the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The survey found that 68 percent favored giving couples access to all legal means of family planning from public health services.

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presidentiables need to make a stand on RH Bill 5043

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

population management, reproductive rights and reproductive health are clear issues in this election if not among the candidates but for sure among the people. we need to know where the presidentiabels stand on these issues.

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Poll bets told: Bare reproductive health stand

By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 07:51:00 02/19/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Advocates of reproductive health rights Thursday called on the presidential candidates to bare their agenda on reproductive health and take a clear stand on the issue.

They also called on the incoming 15th Congress to pass the reproductive health (RH) care bill into law “immediately.”

“Presidential candidates are being more careful in trying to answer the question…They should make a clear stand on reproductive health now,” said Ramon San Pascual, executive director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation (PLCPDF).

The PLCPDF, along with EnGendeRights Inc. and the Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc., held a joint press conference to air their demand, and enjoin voters to pick candidates “who support the passage of the RH bill into law.”

“It has been over eight years since the first RH bill was filed in Congress. The failure to pass the RH bill has been detrimental to the health and lives of Filipinos, especially women and children,” the groups said in a joint statement.

Lawyer Clara Rita Padilla, EnGendeRights Inc. executive director, said that while the group had not endorsed a presidential candidate, reproductive health advocates “are looking for candidates with a platform on reproductive health…where are the programs of the candidates on RH?”

“The candidates should be able to answer reproductive health issues,” she said.

San Pascual said that of the nine presidential candidates, only Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Manny Villar had taken consistent, albeit different, stands on the RH issue.

San Pascual said that Aquino had been “consistent and clear” that while parents should be responsible for planning their families, government should be able to help them.

Villar, on the other hand, had said that reproductive health was a divisive issue.

“What we hope to have, at least, is someone who is not necessarily pro-RH but someone who has an open mind and would allow Congress to do its work,” said San Pascual.

“This is policy-making. If the candidate would allow Congress to debate and then later vote and [he would] respect the process of lawmaking, then we will go for [that] president,” San Pascual said.

He also criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s purported meddling in the affairs of Congress when it came to the reproductive health bill.

According to San Pascual, Speaker Prospero Nograles had assured them the HR bill would be passed, unless President Arroyo called him up.
He said the call from Malacañang to the House leader came in October 2009.

“You know what sabotaged the whole process? A powerful bishop called Malacañang. The message was transmitted to Congress,” San Pascual said.

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