Friday, July 22, 2011

Women workers call on PNoy to make RH bill a priority

Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
22 July 2011

Around 200 women members of the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) joined the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) rally held at Mendiola this morning to, once again, call on President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to include the RH bill in his priority legislations for this Monday’s (July 25) SONA.

PM women members brought with them posters of a clock set on 11 o’clock depicting the number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth complications daily.  Women are calling on PNoy to put an end to this daily massacre by putting his words into action. 

“Your administration has been always clear with your commitment to the private sector, but not with the people whom you have declared your 'bosses.'  You have made sporadic statements of support to the RH bill.  It has been confusing though because you did not include it in your first SONA priority list of legislations.  We hope that it will be in your second SONA,” stressed PM Secretary General Judy Ann Chan-Miranda.

On Monday, PNoy’s second SONA, the Partido ng Manggagawa will join the rally at Mendiola in morning together with other labor groups.  In the afternoon, it will be part of the joint rally of the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) and Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) at the Batasan.  Besides the demand to priority the RH bill, PM will call on the PNoy administration to put an end to contractualization and ensure workers’ rights and security of tenure.

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