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1 RH BILL, what's your view? on Sun May 15, 2011 10:14 am


I will share some inputs by a friend of mine because I share the same sentiment.. You can agree to disagree, we can discuss here but please respect each other's stance..

y Darwin Hermoso Saromines on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 9:37pm
SEC. 5. Midwives for Skilled Attendance

The Local Government Units (LGUs) with the assistance of the Department of Health (DOH), shall employ an adequate number of midwives to achieve a minimum ratio of one (1) fulltime skilled birth attendant for every one hundred fifty (150) deliveries per year, to be based on the annual number of actual deliveries or live births for the past two years; Provided, That people in geographically isolated and depressed areas shall be provided the same level of access.

--- Depending on the classification of the city or municipality, DOH must identify which of these places must be given their assistance wherein they have budget constraints in hiring a fulltime midwife, it is also a question whether this midwife assigned to a place will have the transportation and fuel subsidy from the LGU or from the DOH to be able to serve the people in isolated and far-flung barangays.

SEC. 6. Emergency Obstetric Care

Each province and city, with the assistance of the DOH, shall establish or upgrade hospitals with adequate and qualified personnel, equipment and supplies to be able to provide emergency obstetric care. For every 500,000 population, there shall be at least one (1) hospital with comprehensive emergency obstetric care and four (4) hospitals or other health facilities with basic emergency obstetric care; Provided, That people in geographically isolated and depressed areas shall be provided the same level of access.

--- Cebu will be a model for this provision. Without the assistance of the DOH and the National Government, the Provincial Government established two more Provincial Hospitals and upgraded all the existing District Hospitals from Primary to Secondary Hospitals, hiring more medical personnel and increasing the bed capacity. Our dynamic Governor did this using only the Province's own funds. But how about the rest of the Philippines? It also needs upgrading and it needs the support of the National Government. By stating this as part of the RH Bill, lawmakers should allocate billions of pesos to build and upgrade all the District and Provincial Hospitals all over the country, hire more medical practitioners and purchase thousands of ambulances so that this Bill will be successful.

SEC. 7. Access to Family Planning

All accredited health facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning methods, except in specialty hospitals which may render such services on optional basis. For poor patients, such services shall be fully covered by PhilHealth Insurance and/or government financial assistance on a no balance billing.

After the use of any PhilHealth benefit involving childbirth and all other pregnancy-related services, if the beneficiary wishes to space or prevent her next pregnancy, PhilHealth shall pay for the full cost of family planning.

--- The underprivileged families have been given PhilHealth cards since the PGMA Administration. What the government now will do is to continue distributing these to those who were not given the cards and give them adequate service when they avail of it. Sounds impossible, right?

SEC. 8. Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Crisis Situations

Local government units and the Department of Health shall ensure that a Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health, including maternal and neonatal health care kits and services as defined by the DOH, will be given proper attention in crisis situations such as disasters and humanitarian crises. MISP shall become part of all responses by national agencies at the onset of crisis and emergencies.

Temporary facilities such as evacuation centers and refugee camps shall be equipped to respond to the special needs in the following situations: normal and complicated deliveries, pregnancy complications, miscarriage and post-abortion complications, spread of HIV/AIDS and STIs, and sexual and gender-based violence.

--- Another too good to be true. This involves billions of pesos to supply these medicines, contraceptives and the like. Corruption will now be in this part. We all know the procurement process in this country is so DIRTY.

SEC. 9. Maternal Death Review

All Local Government Units (LGUs), national and local government hospitals, and other public health units shall conduct annual maternal death review in accordance with the guidelines set by the DOH.


SEC. 10. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines

Products and supplies for modern family planning methods shall be part of the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health units.

--- My question is: How big is the budget of the DOH in buying medicines? Adding the procurement of contraceptives, it will be impossible to attain this given the fact that the present budget for the DOH is not even enough to cover the whole country. Well other rich cities and provinces can afford this but I think slashing the budget of the AFP and the Intel Funds of the Office of the President will be sufficient to fund these. (In your Dreams!)

SEC. 11. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies

The DOH shall spearhead the efficient procurement, distribution to Local Government Units (LGUs) and usage-monitoring of family planning supplies for the whole country. The DOH shall coordinate with all appropriate LGUs to plan and implement this procurement and distribution program. The supply and budget allotments shall be based on, among others, the current levels and projections of the following:

“(a) number of women of reproductive age and couples who want to space or limit their children;

“(b) contraceptive prevalence rate, by type of method used; and

“(c) Cost of family planning supplies.

--- The DOH will be devoting so much time for this (NO REST DAYS! hahaha)

SEC. 12. Integration of Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood Component in Anti-Poverty Programs

A multi-dimensional approach shall be adopted in the implementation of policies and programs to fight poverty. Towards this end, the DOH shall endeavor to integrate a family planning and responsible parenthood component into all anti-poverty programs of government, with corresponding fund support. The DOH shall provide such programs technical support, including capacity-building and monitoring.

--- HOW? IN WHAT WAY? this is too broad much like the statements of the president. Please state the multi-dimensional approaches to fight poverty. O baka naman magsusuot lang kayo ng Yellow Gloves to fight poverty.

SEC. 13. Roles of Local Government in Family Planning Programs

The LGUs shall ensure that poor families receive preferential access to services, commodities and programs for family planning. The role of Population Officers at municipal, city and barangay levels in the family planning effort shall be strengthened. The Barangay Health Workers and Volunteers shall be capacitated to help implement this Act.

--- This section will be attained if the government will provide good salaries for Barangay Health Workers not just HONORARIUM.

SEC. 14. Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive Health Conditions

All serious and life threatening reproductive health conditions such as HIV and AIDS, breast and reproductive tract cancers, obstetric complications, menopausal and post-menopausal related conditions shall be given the maximum benefits as provided by PhilHealth programs.


SEC. 15. Mobile Health Care Service

Each Congressional District may be provided with at least one (1) Mobile Health Care Service (MHCS) in the form of a van or other means of transportation appropriate to coastal or mountainous areas, the procurement and operation of which shall be funded by the National Government. The MHCS shall deliver health care supplies and services to constituents, more particularly to the poor and needy, and shall be used to disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health. [The purchase of the MHCS shall be funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of each Congressional District.] The operation and maintenance of the MHCS shall be operated by skilled health providers adequately equipped with an equipment, the latter including, but not limited to, a television set for audio-visual presentations. All MHCS shall be operated by a focal city or municipality within a congressional district.

--- How can we attain this when Politics is involved in distributing PDAF's? We all know that once a representative is critical of the President, They will be given ZERO Pork Barrels. Sorry to say that this is not attainable with the present political situation in our country.


These are some of the sections of the RH Bill that made me decide that I AM AGAINST IT. It is just too good to be true. Sorry guys but if you insist on your judgements, try to answer these issues with utmost accuracy so that you will convince me to support the RH Bill. As I have stated again and again, I don't share the Catholic Church's stand against RH Bill. My analysis is plain and simple. This is just a piece of legislation carved out of DREAMS.. Dreams that are hindered by the present bad habit in our society and in our form of government. Thank you for reading..

2 Re: RH BILL, what's your view? on Sun May 15, 2011 10:18 am


by Darwin Hermoso Saromines on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:26pm
SEC. 16. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education

Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall be taught by adequately trained teachers in formal and non-formal educational system starting from Grade Five up to Fourth Year High School using life-skills and other approaches. Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall commence at the start of the school year immediately following one (1) year from the effectivity of this Act to allow the training of concerned teachers. The Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Health (DOH) shall formulate the Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education curriculum. Such curriculum shall be common to both public and private schools, out of school youth, and enrollees in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) based on, but not limited to, the following, the psycho-social and the physical wellbeing, the demography and reproductive health, and the legal aspects of reproductive health.

Age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education shall be integrated in all relevant subjects and shall include, but not limited to, the following topics:
“(a) Values formation;

“(b) Knowledge and skills in self protection against discrimination, sexual violence and abuse, and teen pregnancy;

“(c) Physical, social and emotional changes in adolescents;

“(d) Children’s and women’s rights;

“(e) Fertility awareness;

“(f) STI, HIV and AIDS;

“(g) Population and development;

“(h) Responsible relationship;

“(i) Family planning methods;

‘(j) Proscription and hazards of abortion;

“(k) Gender and development; and

“(l) Responsible parenthood.
The DepEd, CHED, DSWD, TESDA, and DOH shall provide concerned parents with adequate and relevant scientific materials on the age-appropriate topics and manner of teaching reproductive health education to their children.

Parents shall exercise the option of not allowing their minor children to attend classes pertaining to Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education.

---- Sex Education? No Problem. I support that. But why Grade 5? My God, that's too early. Better start from 1st year High School. Why not include the parents? They are currently the one's who has the capacity to make babies. Don't just concentrate on the youth. The negative side of this: It will expose the younger generation to use contraceptives in pursuit of their curiosity for sex that are taught in schools. With the availability of contraceptives, Premarital Sex in the younger generations will definitely increase. Unwanted pregnancies will decrease but the moral standards with the youth will be lost for sure.

SEC. 17. Additional Duty of the Local Population Officer

Each Local Population Officer of every city and municipality shall furnish free instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding, infant nutrition and other relevant aspects of this Act to all applicants for marriage license. In the absence of a local Population Officer, a Family Planning Officer under the Local Health Office shall discharge the additional duty of the Population Officer.


SEC. 18. Certificate of Compliance

No marriage license shall be issued by the Local Civil Registrar unless the applicants present a Certificate of Compliance issued for free by the local Family Planning Office certifying that they had duly received adequate instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infant nutrition.

--- not just instructions. It is should be included in Pre-Nuptial Seminars.

SEC. 19. Capability Building of Barangay Health Workers

Barangay Health Workers and other community-based health workers shall undergo training on the promotion of reproductive health and shall receive at least 10% increase in honoraria, upon successful completion of training. The amount necessary for the increase in honoraria shall be charged against the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) component of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program of the DSWD. In the event the CCT is phased out, the funding sources shall be charged against the Gender and Development (GAD) budget or the development fund component of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

--- DOH must elaborate on these. Barangay Health Workers will now play a vital part on the success of this Bill. BHW's are the frontline implementors of the RH Bill. Now, in the event when the CCT is phased out, can the DOH order the LGU's to allocate funds for the increase of the salaries of BHW's? can they certify it as very urgent in every Budget Appropriation of the LGU's annually?

SEC. 20. Pro Bono Services for Indigent Women

Private and non-government reproductive health care service providers, including but not limited to gynecologists and obstetricians, are mandated to provide at least 48 hours annually of reproductive health services ranging from providing information and education, to rendering medical services free of charge to indigent and low income patients, especially to pregnant adolescents. These 48 hours annual pro bono services shall be included as prerequisite in the accreditation under the PhilHealth.


SEC. 21. Sexual And Reproductive Health Programs For Persons With Disabilities (PWDs)

The cities and municipalities must ensure that barriers to reproductive health services for persons with disabilities are obliterated by the following:
“(a) providing physical access, and resolving transportation and proximity issues to clinics, hospitals and places where public health education is provided, contraceptives are sold or distributed or other places where reproductive health services are provided;

“(b) adapting examination tables and other laboratory procedures to the needs and conditions of persons with disabilities;

“(c) increasing access to information and communication materials on sexual and reproductive health in braille, large print, simple language, and pictures;

“(d) providing continuing education and inclusion rights of persons with disabilities among health-care providers; and

“(e) undertaking activities to raise awareness and address misconceptions among the general public on the stigma and their lack of knowledge on the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of persons with disabilities.

SEC. 22. Right to Reproductive Health Care Information

The government shall guarantee the right of any person to provide or receive non-fraudulent information about the availability of reproductive health care services, including family planning, and prenatal care.

The DOH and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) shall initiate and sustain a heightened nationwide multi-media campaign to raise the level of public awareness of the protection and promotion of reproductive health and rights including family planning and population and development.

--- Television and Radio are the best media tools to spread the information on Reproductive Health. Budget allocations na naman ito. hahaha

SEC. 23. Implementing Mechanisms

Pursuant to the herein declared policy, the DOH and the Local Health Units in cities and municipalities shall serve as the lead agencies for the implementation of this Act and shall integrate in their regular operations the following functions:
“(a) Ensure full and efficient implementation of the Reproductive Health Care Program;

“(b) Ensure people’s access to medically safe, legal, effective, quality and affordable reproductive health supplies and services;

“(c) Ensure that reproductive health services are delivered with a full range of supplies, facilities and equipment and that service providers are adequately trained for such reproductive health care delivery;

“(d) Take active steps to expand the coverage of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP), especially among poor and marginalized women, to include the full range of reproductive health services and supplies as health insurance benefits;

“(e) Strengthen the capacities of health regulatory agencies to ensure safe, legal, effective, quality, accessible and affordable reproductive health services and commodities with the concurrent strengthening and enforcement of regulatory mandates and mechanisms;

“(f) Promulgate a set of minimum reproductive health standards for public health facilities, which shall be included in the criteria for accreditation. These minimum reproductive health standards shall provide for the monitoring of pregnant mothers, and a minimum package of reproductive health programs that shall be available and affordable at all levels of the public health system except in specialty hospitals where such services are provided on optional basis;

“(g) Facilitate the involvement and participation of non-government organizations and the private sector in reproductive health care service delivery and in the production, distribution and delivery of quality reproductive health and family planning supplies and commodities to make them accessible and affordable to ordinary citizens;

“(h) Furnish local government units with appropriate information and resources to keep them updated on current studies and researches relating to family planning, responsible parenthood, breastfeeding and infant nutrition; and

“(i) Perform such other functions necessary to attain the purposes of this Act.
The Population Commission, (POPCOM) as an attached agency of DOH, shall serve as the coordinating body in the implementation of this Act and shall have the following functions:
“(a) Integrate on a continuing basis the interrelated reproductive health and population development agenda consistent with the herein declared national policy, taking into account regional and local concerns;

“(b) Provide the mechanism to ensure active and full participation of the private sector and the citizenry through their organizations in the planning and implementation of reproductive health care and population and development programs and projects; and

“(c) Conduct sustained and effective information drives on sustainable human development and on all methods of family planning to prevent unintended, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies.

--- It can only be attained if we already have functioning Barangay Health Centers and Health Workers complete with facilities in every Barangay throughout the Country. Can this be attained? Think of it, can the Barangay's and Towns under control of terrorists and insurgents do these? NO. it is still a dream. Address the problem on insurgency and Terrorism first before the people can reap the benefits of the RH Bill.

Sections 24 - 33 already talk about the implementing rules and regulations, agencies assigned, penalties, appropriations and others. I need not to analyze it as it is already mandated by Law to have these.


I hope I have already stated my case against the RH Bill. It is an uphill climb. I can only support this Bill if the requisites I have said in every Section that I have commented will be addressed. It is not only based on Church Laws that every citizen has a right NOT to support the RH Bill. I respect each and everyone's opinion on this issue. Thank you very much and Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

3 Re: RH BILL, what's your view? on Sun May 15, 2011 11:36 am


Ive watched HARAPAN about RH BILL and in my own opinion as an educator IPASA.:-))

4 Re: RH BILL, what's your view? on Mon May 16, 2011 3:16 pm


I believe that the BILL itself has no intention to put the people in trouble...only that there are really selfish people, wala pa gani napasa ang bill, nagplano na'g dili guys know what I mean. What our country needs is a SERIOUS solution to the problem pero ang nilutaw kay ang PASIKATA'Y kung kinsa'y maayo mangistorya sa debate, INILOGAY og kinsa'y MO-PAPEL, Political conflicts, etc....wa ju'y mahims..kaysa mo-agree ta or dili, will it affects?

God is good all the time! Arrow Arrow

5 Re: RH BILL, what's your view? on Wed May 18, 2011 3:55 am


this bill is another form of corruption, kawawa nanaman si Juan dela Cruz nga ang na contribute nyang buwis nga ipinatong sa araw-araw nyang bilihin kaya subrang mahal na ang bilihin dahil sa ipinatong na buwis mapupunta nanaman sa bulsa ng mga congressman/congresswoman pambili ng Luxury Vehicle at mansion.

bakit ayaw nila magdagdag ng health workers para i-assign sa mga lugar nga kailangan'g tutukan ang mga pamilya nga may maraming anak at itong mga health workers ang dapat managot kong walang epekto ang programang pag pababa sa population sa paraan nga natural family planning.

several thousand pa'ng mga health workers ang mabibiyan ng trabaho kong sa ganitong paraan ang gagawin ng Goberno.

6 Re: RH BILL, what's your view? on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:37 pm


the magna carta of women (RA 9710) already encompasses 80% of the RH bill.. why there's a need to pass that bill?

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