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Local legislators urged to take stand on population management

By Alice Nicart with Sammy Candido

Borongan, Eastern Samar (April 14) -– Some local political enthusiasts here, specifically legislators shared their best views in their bid to win the hearts of the local populace for the coming May election. This amid the controversial issue on population management and reproductive health.

With the PNGOC team was businessman and program manager of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Marlou Abaja who challenged the local candidates to take a stand on reproductive health. He noted further that statements are not enough. "There is a need for a platform", he said.

An aspiring legislator, retired Education Supervisor Edith Sepulveda expressed a wider view on mothers and children’s issues and concerns. Having been an implementor of UNICEF’s Country Program for Children, Sepulveda showed interests to write provincial ordinances that will cater to the interest of women and children. A truly hard-working mother of an only child, some street children have become witnesses to Sepulveda’s extra care as she made use of her extra time giving tutorial lessons to the street children even in informal settings: under the trees, in the churchyard or just about anywhere. She said that she needs no further explanation regarding the lives of the young peanut vendors, the "balot" and "chicharon" vendors; they have been my constant companions and it is my desire to lift their lives, thus my intent to pass laws in their behalf.

Incumbent Board Member Jun Balagapo, who is husband of Sulat Vice Mayor Igmedia Balagapo said that he has been an all out supporter of the "Women in Nation Building" movement or the WIN. According to him, his wife vice-mayor had been a constant active member in the national movement of the WIN, and as expected, some support have been delivered to her activities in the provincial and municipal activities. He further said that whatever support which might be asked of him he can be counted in.

Another SP seat-seeking guy, re-electionist, Atty. Jovi Opinion was proud to say that he has authored already some provincial ordinances, particularly the one concerning violence on women and children.

The Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC) opted to held the forum in its desire to seek the support of the local law-making bodies in the campaign for a successful Philippine Population Management Program and Reproductive Health. (PIA-8) [top]

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