Gabriela cites QC’s reproductive health policy

April 1, 2010 10:08 pm 

MANILA, April 1 – Gabriela, a national alliance of women’s organizations, on Thursday cited the Quezon City government’s reproductive health management policy.

“The precedent set by QC is worthy of emulation by other local government units in the country especially because the national government remains indifferent on this matter,” the cause-oriented group said.

Gabriela vice chairperson Emmi de Jesus also lauded the QC government for the passage of the city’s controversial population and reproductive health management ordinance, citing among others, its importance in promoting women’s and children’s health and welfare.

Gabriela described the 2008 ordinance “as an example of a sound reproductive health management policy.”

The organization also credited QC Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista for their contribution in promoting women’s health and reproductive rights.

Quezon City’s RH ordinance, authored by Councilor Joseph Juico, cited as imperative for the city government to provide a comprehensive population and reproductive health management policy in order to address the pressing problem of population explosion and its attendant socio-economic burden on families in particular and on the city, in general. (PNA)



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