The Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Tuesday approved a resolution urging towns to earnestly implement the national law on responsible parenthood and reproductive health.
Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez said their resolution was aimed at pushing the towns to intensify the implementation of the RPRH Act of 2012 (R.A.10354) that guarantees access “to a full range of methods, facilities, services, and supplies that contribute to reproductive health by addressing related problems.”
“When this law is tackled in some areas, different religious beliefs come out and debates come up, especially on the distribution of responsible parenthood devices like birth control pills. But there are other aspects in the RPRH to consider for the benefit of the people,” he said.
Rodriguez said the RPRH has other provisions like maternal and child health, nutrition, including breastfeeding; elimination of violence against women and children; and treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers and other gynecological conditions and disorders among others, that Palaweños should know about in order to be self-reliant on their health.
He stated, for example, that information and education campaigns on what RH services are currently being covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) should be increased, particularly in far-flung barangays.
LGUs should also be adept at knowing their roles and functions in the implementation of the law to ensure that their constituents are aware of the full range of RPRH services.
“They have to know if there are adequate health facilities and skilled health professionals for their reproductive health care needs,” Rodriguez said, adding not having these often frustrates them to seek the help they need.