LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 15(PIA) -- Advocates of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law from Baguio City and Benguet gathered in a concert to call for the full implementation of the law.
Stakeholders from the various sectors including students and the youth were urged to take part and uphold their sexual and reproductive health and rights during the “Limang Taon, Limang Hamon” concert held at the Benguet State University gymnasium last Friday.
Featured artists included Noel Cabangon, Lolita Carbon, Layag and local group Binhi and the BSU KONTAD Cultural Dance Group.
The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) through its partnership with Likhaan Center for Women’s Health and Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, and under the Purple Ribbon for RH banner, launched a series of activities in support of the revitalized call for the full implementation of the law called #ImplementRH.
Part of this #ImplementRH series was the concert that was aimed to mobilize and gather students and other stakeholders from the government and non-government organizations to spread awareness about RH, what the RPRH Law is about, and the challenges to RH.
With the alarming increase not only in teenage pregnancies but also in new HIV cases among the Filipino youth, it is important to tap young people not only as an audience but also in recognition of their agency to turn this situation around.
PLCPD also tapped long-time supporters of RH in the province including the BSU, Commission on Population-Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippine Information Agency-CAR, the Municipal Government of La Trinidad, and the Provincial Government of Benguet in the campaign.
It has been five years since the enactment of the RPRH law, a landmark legislation that has four key provisions: access to family planning, maternal healthcare, age-appropriate sexuality and reproductive health education, and regular funding. However, it has not been fully implemented because of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court last year following claims that some birth control pills are abortifacient.
This year it is set for a congressional review and oversight where gaps and issues in both policy and implementation will be addressed. (JDP/RMC & UC Interns- PIA CAR)