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Family planning important to Filipinos

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (21 April) -- Pulse Asia’s March 2007 Ulat ng Bayan survey results showed that Filipinos consider family planning highly important.

Kalayaan Pulido-Constantino of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and development Foundation Inc (PLCPD) presented yesterday the survey result that was conducted nationwide with the total sample size of 1,800 adults.

PLCPD interpreted the results as an apparent clamor of the electorate challenging the candidates of this May 14 elections to take heed of the high percentage of Filipinos who would support candidates favoring family planning.

In one of the items included in the survey, the result showed that 76% of Filipinos deem the inclusion of family planning in candidates’ programs of action as important.

The study also showed that about 52% believes that a candidate’s support for family planning determines that candidate’s electoral victory.

Constantino bared the names of candidates who clearly showed willingness to support for a national policy on family planning pushed. She named senatoriables Ping Lacson, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, and Sonia Roco as among who bravely expressed their favorable views on such matter.

However, senatoriable Koko Pimentel was cited as the sole candidate who blatantly expressed disfavor to the bill as he clearly subscribes to the viewpoint of the Catholic Church.

“The rest have safely given their stand on the issue by simply saying that it must undergo the right process before enacted as a law.” she said.

A portion of the study also sought for the Filipinos’ pulse on the importance of planning one’s family. Results showed that an overwhelming majority of 92% continues to think that family planning is important and that one of two Filipinos subscribes that rapid population growth hinders the country’s development.

The Mindanao Working Group on Reproductive Health, Gender and Sexuality welcomed the survey results and challenged political candidates to include in their platform all appropriate means to address such population and reproductive health concerns.

“Take heed of the people’s clamor. Include them in your discussions with the public”, said Rosena Sanchez, board member of the Development of People’s Foundation.

Sanchez bared that there is a drastic decline in funding for family planning at the local, national and global level and has created victims among women and their families.

“The right to health, specifically, reproductive health must be secured,” she said. (PIA XI) [top]

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