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November 24, 2010


In the Philippines, at least 162 Filipino mothers die for every 100,000 live births. In contrast, Singapore’s maternal mortality rate stands at 6, while Japan only loses 3 women because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.


“Eleven Filipino women die everyday from complications related to childbirth. These deaths are entirely preventable, were it not for the lack of health facilities and services, especially among the poor. More than population control, a comprehensive reproductive health bill addresses the basic human right of women and men to lead healthy and productive lives,” said ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio. He pointed out that women comprise 80% of the public education workforce.


The House Committee on Population and Family Relatioins today held it’s first public hearing on the six house bills advocating Reproductive Health (RH). The bills include House Bill 96 introduced by Rep. Edcel Lagman and House Bill 3387, authored by Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus.  Tinio is a member of the Committee and co-author of HB 3387.


HB 3387, known as the Comprehensive Reproductive Health Bill, makes reproductive health care services accessible to women, with emphasis on those coming from the poor and marginalized. It also provides for age-appropriate reproductive health education from the preschool level.


“For too long, the state has failed to uphold and protect the reproductive health of its citizens, especially women. This is partly due to the lack of national legislation. We welcome the start of deliberations on the RH issue and look forward to the successful enactment of the RH bill into law during this 15th Congress,” concluded Tinio. ###



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