Friday, March 10, 2017

Over 100,000 Pinoy Families sign up to Support RPRH Law

 About one hundred thousand (118,865) Filipino families had signed up an online and offline petition that enjoins the Supreme Court (SC) to lift its temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act of 2012, it was learned from the Commission on Population (POPCOM). Republic Act 10354 or the RPRH Law guarantees universal access to all methods of modern contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, and maternal and child care.

 “Nagsaya ang mamamayan nang ideklara ng Korte Suprema na naaayon sa Konstitusyon ang RPRH [The Filipino people rejoiced when the Supreme Court declared RPRH ‘constitutional’],” the petition reads in part. “Dahil sa TRO, naapektuhan ang mahigit 13.4 milyong kababaihan: binubuo ng 6.1-M gumagamit ng kotraseptibo at 7.3M nangangailangan ng family planning. [Because of the TRO, over 13.4 million Filipino women were affected.] “Dahil sa TRO, walang bagong kontraseptibo ang mairehistro.

 Nagkakaubusan ng stocks. Kahit mayayaman walang mabiling gamit sa pagpaplano ng pamilya. [Because of the TRO, new contraceptives cannot be registered. Stocks are out. Even the rich cannot buy any contraceptive devices.] “Dahil sa TRO, tumaas ang bilang ng kabataang nagbubuntis, humigit-kumulang 300,000 ang mga nabuntis noong 2016. [Because of the TRO, teenaged pregnancies were on the rise.] “Dahil sa TRO, nagkakamatayan ang mga kakabaihan sa komplikasyon ng pagbubuntis at panganganak.

 Mahigit 5,000 ang nabawian na ng buhay bunga nito at sa araw-araw, mahigit 14 ang namamatay [Because of the TRO, women ail and die due to complications of childbirth].” With the RPRH Law in place, millions of Filipino mothers, wives, young women their children and their families, especially those in the impoverished communities across cities

 P PCOM PRESS RELEASE Empowering Filipino Families and towns all over the country, will be afforded with free access to family planning information and services. Derailing the law’s full implementation for five years and further by and through the High Court’s TRO can have adverse impact on the management of population, the economy, and ecology.

Philippine population may blow up to 113,798,224 in 2022 from its current count at 104 million today, POPCOM estimated. Mothers dying during childbirth may also rise by an additional 1000 deaths a year during the next six years, according to the 2011 Family Health Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

 People may get sick, become poorer each day, or die because FP services are not readily available to them. The natural balance among the environment, people and resources are also affected. The 1 Million Signature Campaign figures, still counting, as of this writing, are comprised of ordinary Filipino couples, families of one or two, and individual citizens who believe in responsible parenthood.

The signatories come from all walks of life in Metro Manila and across the Philippine regions, courtesy of POPCOM regional offices and partner civil society organizations (CSOs). “Everyone is cordially invited to sign the Support-RPRH Petition by going to POPCOM Regional Offices near you,” POPCOM’s Information Management and Communications Division (IMCD) announced.

The petition prays, “Nawa’y pumanig ang Korte Suprema sa kababaihan at sa pamilyang Pilipino” [May the SC side with the Filipino women and their families],” in conclusion.

 # Information Management and Communications Division – Commission on Population Tel.: (02) 531-6978; 531-6897 Email: Website:

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