this is a press release of PNGOC
Manila, March 23, 2012 – The Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. (PNGOC) headed by its Executive Director, Dr. Eden R. Divinagracia in partnership with Bishop Rodrigo Tano, chair of the Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood (IPPRP) urge congresspersons that whatever their faith might be to vote on the RH Bill NOW!
PNGOC and IPPRP believe that having a sound and comprehensive Reproductive Health (RH) policy that is rights-based and central to the measure is freedom of informed choice can help alleviate the lives of every Filipino people.
With a RH bill in place, it will benefit every family as the state shall guarantee the human rights of all persons; it shall include the right to universal access to reproductive health information and services. The bill shall give couples, individuals and women the right to decide freely and responsibly whether or not to have children; to determine the number, spacing and timing of their children; to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence; to have relevant information; and to attain the highest condition of sexual and reproductive health.
PNGOC is a national umbrella network of 97 member NGOs that believes that NOW is the right time for the passage of a Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood, and Population Development policy to recognize the needs of our women, children and families.