Bicam approves RH bill

December 19, 2012 11:15 pm 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Dec. 19 – The bicameral conference committee approved Wednesday in just one sitting the controversial Reproductive Health Bill which promotes better maternal care and responsible parenthood by giving public access to contraceptives.

The bicam report will be submitted back to the Senate and the House of Representatives for ratification and once ratified, it will be transmitted to Malacanang for signature by President Benigno Aquino III.

During the meeting, the two panels agreed to adopt the Senate version that would allow the public, except minors, access to contraceptives and other reproductive health services.

The bill also provides that reproductive health and sexuality education should be taught to minors aged 10 to 19 years old.

Both the Senate and House approved on third and final reading the measure last Monday, ending months of heated debates on the floor of both houses of Congress.

The Senate panel to the bicam include Sen. Pia Cayetano as chairperson and Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Francis Pangilinan, Teofisto Guingona III, Alan Peter Cayetano, Panfilo Lacson, Ralph Recto and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

The 12-member House panel are Reps. Rogolio Espino as panel chairman, Edcel Lagman (House bill sponsor), Janette Garin, Henedina Abad, Erin Tanada, Mel Senen Sarmiento, Antonio Tinio, Roilo Golez, Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., Kaka Bag-ao, Danilo Suarez and Cesar Sarmiento. (PNA)

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