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Minority Senator lauds Aquino's Independent Stand on RH Bill

Manila Bulletin
October 6, 2010, 8:32pm

MANILA, Philippines (PNA) — Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday gave President Benigno Aquino III passing marks for setting high standards in governance and for taking an independent stand on reproductive health during his first 100 days in office.

“President Aquino deserves credit for stressing accountability, transparency and austerity in governance, values which the previous administration sorely lacked,” acknowledged Cayetano, a member of the minority bloc in the Senate.

Cayetano commended President Aquino for showing his mettle on the issues of contraceptives despite threat of civil disobedience from some members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The lady lawmaker said the pledge of President Aquino to achieve the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 is also laudable.

“But this should be backed up with doable programs tied up to each MDG target, including PNoy’s certification of the Reproductive Health Bill as urgent and putting more funds for reproductive health services in the countryside to address our high maternal deaths,” she said.

Cayetano has already expressed her inclination to support the reproductive health bill though some of her colleagues remain hesitant to give definite stand on the issue.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the RH bill from the Lower House would meet long debates and careful study once it reaches the Senate.

“It’s a major issue. It is coming to us. We just don’t want the implication that we have already accepted that policy here since this is going to be debated,” Enrile said.

Enrile said that Senate might cut the P400 million budget of the Department of Health (DoH) for the purchase of the contraceptives to be distributed to the poor families as part of the government’s family planning program.

Asked what will happen to the government’s family planning measure, Enrile said the government can restore it “in some other ways.”

“But we will not include it in the budget,” Enrile added.

Enrile intends to use the money for hospitalization, augmentation of the needs of some government hospitals like in battle against malaria and other diseases.

Senate finance committee chair Senator Franklin Drilon said he has yet to make decision as to slash or not the DOH’s budget for family planning.

Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday gave President Benigno Aquino III passing marks for setting high standards in governance and for taking an independent stand on reproductive health during his first 100 days in office.

“President Aquino deserves credit for stressing accountability, transparency and austerity in governance, values which the previous administration sorely lacked,” acknowledged Cayetano, a member of the minority bloc in the Senate.

Cayetano commended President Aquino for showing his mettle on the issues of contraceptives despite threat of civil disobedience from some members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The lady lawmaker said the pledge of President Aquino to achieve the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 is also laudable.

“But this should be backed up with doable programs tied up to each MDG target, including PNoy’s certification of the Reproductive Health Bill as urgent and putting more funds for reproductive health services in the countryside to address our high maternal deaths,” she said.

Cayetano has already expressed her inclination to support the reproductive health bill though some of her colleagues remain hesitant to give definite stand on the issue.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the RH bill from the Lower House would meet long debates and careful study once it reaches the Senate.

“It’s a major issue. It is coming to us. We just don’t want the implication that we have already accepted that policy here since this is going to be debated,” Enrile said.

Enrile said that Senate might cut the P400 million budget of the Department of Health for the purchase of the contraceptives to be distributed to the poor families as part of the government’s family planning program.

Asked what will happen to the government’s family planning measure, Enrile said the government can restore it “in some other ways.”

“But we will not include it in the budget,” Enrile added.

Enrile intends to use the money for hospitalization, augmentation of the needs of some government hospitals like in battle against malaria and other diseases.

Senate finance committee chair Senator Franklin Drilon said he has yet to make decision as to slash or not the DoH’s budget for family planning.