RH law advocates call for action with a concert

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)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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