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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.

catholic school wants to hold a forum for teachers on RH Bill 5043 – need suggestions

November 10, 2009 2 comments

from ringo:

i head the social studies dept of an up-scale private catholic school in makati and we are planning to host a forum for teachers to discuss the RH bill. Although most of the Social Studies teachers are for it, communicating the same stand to the whole faculty becomes difficult as our school is a strong supporter of CEAP. what do you think should we do? and how do we get over this dilemma? thanks.

posted from here: Ateneo Professor’s Position Paper RH Bill 5043

here is my POV:

  • it is important that you are very clear on the objective/s or what you intend to achieve from holding that forum for teachers. everything must start from there.
  • in my mind, there are 3 possible objectives : (a) convince others to support the RH Bill; (b) convince others to go against the RH Bill or (c) give all the teachers a balanced view (pros and cons) on the RH Bill so that they can make their well-informed choice/stand 
  • the actions you will take for the forum will be dictated by the choice of your objective

having said that, knowing the school is a catholic school and supports the CEAP stand which is anti-RH Bill, to be practical and smart about it, i would adapt letter (c), give a balanced view on the RH Bill.

i  think letter (c) is the most fair of the 3 objectives. it is smart as i think your school will find it difficult not to allow it. objective letter (a) is dead in the water. objective (b) can be insulting to the forum attendees.

personally, i think just getting the school to agree to hold such a forum in your school is by itself already a huge achievement.  taking on objective (c) gives you a better chance of pulling it off.

you can invite speakers to your forum to talk on the various aspects of the RH Bill as follows:

  • the Catholic lay group stand  – there is a lay group who goes around schools giving a lecture on it
  • the Catholic church stand – invite a priest to talk about the religious aspect of it
  • anti-RH bill congressman
  • the economic aspect – dr. ernie pernia of UP or cielito habito of ateneo (or any of the UP or Ateneo eco professors)
  • the health aspect of it – RHAN will be a good resources
  • pro-RH bill congressman – congressman lagman
  • PLCPD – legislation aspect
  • population aspect – there is a group in UP who can talk about population growth trends

there are other aspects you may want to look into that talking  from anyone of  the above might give you ideas on. 

the above is working on the idea of holding a forum in your school. there is another approach.

that other approach is the ateneo professor’s approach where on their own they released a white paper. the Ateneo as a university also supports the CEAP stand but that did not deter the Ateneo professors to make their own stand known to the public. the Ateneo university did release a statement that they disagree with their professors and that they support the CEAP stand but they nevertheless allowed the professors to take their stand.

i am suggesting that you may want to release your own white paper written by the professors in your university. i believe this approach will serve the RH Bill in many good ways. i guarantee you that your white paper and your university will get very high press coverage if you release this white paper. it is also very timely as congress is set to open next week and the RH Bill is set to be voted on. because of recency to the deliberations in congress on the RH Bill, the impact of the release of your white paper will be much greater than you can imagine.

i suggest you give anyone of the ateneo and UP professors a call to get their ideas and their experience for their own white papers.  

these are my initial thoughts. you may send your reply here as a comment or you may send me an email here :

also, i know of someone who can be a speaker in your forum on any topic on RH and who you can talk to on planning for your forum. just let me know if you are interested.

Noynoy Aquino defies Church, backs controversial RH Bill 5043

October 20, 2009 6 comments

Aquino defies Church, backs controversial bill
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:07:00 09/28/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Monday he remains firm in supporting the passage of House Bill 5043 or proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act even if it means the Catholic church and pro-life groups will not support his presidential bid for 2010.

Aquino said the bill can pave the way for parents’ education in taking responsibility for the growth of their children. The country’s population can balloon to more than 92 million, according to a forecast by the National Statistics Office.

“Whatever they say about my position on the RH bill, I am sticking to it despite the pressure from certain quarters. If I get the support or not of the Church and pro-life groups [for my presidential bid in 2010], it is secondary for my advocacy to get everybody educated on reproductive health,” he said.

“Parents must be reminded they have a responsibility with their children,” Aquino stressed. “I need not go far to see a mother with children having only 10 months gap in between and with the next generation suffering the same poor conditions.”

But even with a law on reproductive health, Aquino said parents should be given independence to decide on how many children they want and whether or not to use natural or artificial methods of contraception.

Aquino said he is not “comfortable” that the government will provide a specific budget in support of artificial family planning. “And it is not right to tell patients that only artificial methods can be used for family planning,” he added.


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