Today I wrote this blog entry regarding on my stand on House Bill 4244 or more known as Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill. For the first 6 days of this month, this issue resurrects from the dormancy of discussion after the Congress tackles the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona earlier this this. This bill is on the heat of discussion because the House of Representatives would judge on whether to pass this bill or not by tomorrow, 7 August. This bill gained support from the President, Benigno S. Aquino during his third State of the Nation Address last 23 July.
This bill has been controversial for many years even way back during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo because of massive and firm opposition from social conservative elements of our society especially from the hierarchy of Philippine Catholic Bishops who opposed the bill with their reason that it would encourage more abortion cases among Filipino woman.
The bishop’s stand on RH bill does not even gain a majority support among Catholics and in fact it created a massive division between various factions of Philippine Catholics especially between social conservatives and social liberals. Other Christian and non-Christian denominations like from the Islamic sector supports the passage of this bill.
The passage of this RH bill would give a comprehensive reproductive health policy of our government as the Philippines is among the countries in Asia that does not have that definite reproductive health policy in our laws as of this moment. The absence of a comprehensive reproductive health policy creates a big headache not just by our government but also to our environment and our economic growth.
The uncontrolled population growth creates a headache for the part of the government as the government cannot formulate a definite allocation of services as their annual budget cannot pace up with the increasingly needs of the Filipino people.
The uncontrolled population growth creates a headache for the part of the environment as the increasingly needs of the Filipino people needs to consume more non-renewable and renewable natural resources and in addition our monopolistic economic structure worsens the unequal distribution of resources.
The uncontrolled population growth creates a headache for the part of the economic growth as the monopolistic economic structure of ours does not cope up the increasingly labor market of our country due to lack of competition in our domestic economy as the 1987 constitution restricts foreign equity ownership of businesses to only 40%, restricts foreign equity ownership in natural resources extraction; public utilities; telecommunications; and education to only 40%, restricts foreign equity ownership in advertising to 30%, and prohibits foreign investors to invest in media sector.
This monopolistic economic structure of our country drives most of our skilled workers to abroad in which the other countries benefited the talents of our skilled workers and force many families to break up in order for their respective family breadwinners to work abroad to support their remaining children. This monopolistic economic structure of our country only shines the consumption side while we neglected the investment side which is more crucial to our future economic prospects as far as our level of our economic development is concerned.
Therefore, if we want our country to progress economically, politically, and especially socially speaking, we need to pass this Reproductive Health Bill in order for our Filipino families to have a freedom to choose which family planning methods to be used, to utilize our vast labor market that is untapped, to reduce the responsibility of the government to manage the allocation of resources, to decentralize the population concentration from Metro Manila to the provinces, to reduce the influence of the Catholic Church among the lives of the Filipino people, and most of all, to preserve our environment from population pressures.
PASS THE RH BILL NOW!