14 February 2012
Women members of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) distributed leaflets urging both Houses of Congress to pass the more than a decade-old RH bill. PM members visited campuses, establishments and government offices surrounding its national office in Project 4, Quezon City. These include the Technological Instittute of the Philippines (TIP), National College of Business Administration (NCBA), Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA), establishments along Aurora Boulevard and Araneta Center, and government offices along East Avenue such as Social Security System (SSS), National Statistics Office (NSO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Quezon City Hall, etc.
“Every day of delay in the passage of the RH bill means loss of women’s lives. Whatever the number the statistics provide, the fact remains that more and more women are being deprived of their right to life,” PM Secretary General Judy Ann Chan-Miranda explained to students and workers of abovementioned areas.
“Para sa mahihirap at manggagawang kababaihan, ang pinaka-esensya ng laban na ito ay ang pagkilala ng Estado sa reproductive health bilang karapatan ng mamamayang Pilipino, lalung-lalo na ng kababaihan, at ma-exercise ang karapatang ito,” added Miranda.
The labor group, for this reason, asserts that providing funds is an essential part of the measure to ensure that the poor shall truly benefit. Contrary to statements that taxpayers money should not be spent for RH services, all citizens have the right to avail themselves of public funds, in this case, for reproductive health services and commodities.
“These are very important issues on reproductive health that, regardless of educational status, Filipinos should be able to understand. It seems that being a Harvard student nor a church leader does not make one an authority to the issues of RH. Nasa pag-alam at pag-unawa ito na ang RH ay karapatan kung kaya dapat nae-exercise ang karapatang ito lalo ng kababaihan na pangunahing biktima ng kawalan ng batas para dito,” Miranda ended.