Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Anti-Poverty Youth calls to stop misinformation of RP-RH Law

Manila, Philippines - The Youth & Students Sectoral Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission reiterates their stand on the recently signed Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Act of 2012 or R. A. 10354. 

The Council, assembled by virtue of the Social Reform & Poverty Alleviation Act of 1998, is formed by different youth organizations from the country being appointed by the President of the Philippines to serve as one of the bodies that reviews the government's poverty reduction programs. 

Led by Gibby Gorres, the YS Sectoral Representative together with the members of the Council appeal to the leaders of the Catholic Church and the critics of the law to stop falsifying and misinterpreting the provisions of the law even from calling pro-RH candidates "Team Patay".

Nurse Alvin Dakis, Youth Sectoral Council's Health Chair expressed his dismay to some Catholic dioceses using their churches to influence their church-goers by categorizing candidates as "Team Buhay" and "Team Patay" and by using the candidates stand on the RH Law as the sole basis for the voters to decide on.

Dakis said that Church hierarchy should refrain from misinforming about the RH Law and instead focus on the issues the Catholic Church is facing. "I urge the Catholic hierarchy to focus on the issues many of their priests are facing before they start preaching people whom to vote. They shouldn't even do that in the first place."

The NAPC Youth Sectoral Council urge the Filipino youth to engage and even take lead in having factual and productive discussions to ensure a meaningful and efficient implementation of the RP-RH Law.

The RP-RH Law's Implementing Rules & Regulations will be signed this March 15 and shall take effect this March 30, 2013.

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