THE National Economic and Development Authority will propose a higher budget for the “aggressive” implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law for 2017, a Cabinet official said over the weekend.
Economic and Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia told reporters that they aim to increase the RPRH law’s or budget to P4.26 billion in 2017, nearly double of the approved P2.28-billion budget this year.
“So we’re really serious about the full implementation of the RH [law],” Pernia said.
Pernia, who also serves as the Neda chief, said earlier that they will even consider borrowing from different agencies to fund the provisions of the law.
The Neda chief said the proposal to increase the RPRH law budget will result in a wider and faster implementation of programs under it.
President Rodrigo Duterte, in his first State of the Nation Address last month, said there will be a full implementation of the RPRH law under his administration.
Pernia lauded the President’s announcement in a text message to Manila Standard.
“That’s great. Along with investment in human capital and job creation, that would help reduce poverty faster,” Pernia said.
Pernia also suggested that the President make a statement urging the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order that it imposed on provisions of the law.
The SC had suspended the distribution and selling of implant that can prevent pregnancies up to three years.
“This is the problem with our judiciary, they take [their] sweet time. They don’t realize how serious it is to have a TRO like this because everyone knows by now, 11 woman die of pregnancy and birth-related causes. And this could have been prevented if the TRO were not in effect,” Pernia said.