UNFPA spends $11M to push RH in PHL

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MANILA, June 12, 2013—The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) last week released its 2012 annual report dubbed “Promises to Keep” citing millions of dollars were channeled to fund contraceptives in developing countries.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin presented the annual report to UNFPA’s Executive Board highlighting its activities in 2012, among them the distribution of fund to different countries to push for reproductive health worldwide.

“Contraceptives are urgently needed. So are other affordable, effective and simple health supplies and medicines,” said the Executive Director in the introduction of the report.”

According to the report UNFPA channeled 11, 176, 000 US dollars in fund to Philippine based ‘civil society groups’ which pushed for the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill now known as Republic Act (RA) 10354.

Late last year, former Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto in his on Senate Bill (SB) 2865 speech revealed massive funding from UNFPA given to society groups which also revealed as to having either non-existent or revoked Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrations. Among them the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and (PLCPD), Likhaan and Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN).

The report also describes achievements in seven areas where UNFPA stands to have the greatest impact among them promotion of maternal health, increasing access to voluntary family planning, advocating for gender equality and reproductive rights and increasing young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The Supreme Court (SC) however, has rescheduled the oral arguments of the controversial Republic Act (RA) 10354 to July 9 from its original schedule of June 18. (CBCP for life)

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