Feature: Race against time on World Population Day
Manila (19 June) -- Determined to continue the big push for the passage of the reproductive health bill in Congress, advocates are set to hold a unity run on 11 July 2009 to highlight the need for investing in women's reproductive health.
A mini-marathon competition dubbed "Race against Time: Invest in Women's Reproductive Health, Invest in Life Now!" will start from the Quezon City Hall grounds and will cover the stretch of Quezon City Memorial Circle, University of the Philippines Sunken Garden and back to the City Hall grounds.
Organizing this event are the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) and many other groups who are supporting the authors of the reproductive health and population development bill.
Ramon San Pascual, PLCPD's Executive Director said, "we are very disappointed when the RH bill was sidelined in favor of Con Ass but that will not stop us to continue pushing for the passage of this very important piece of legislation when Congress open its third regular session in July." San Pascual added, "we believe that the enactment of the reproductive health bill will pave the way for better health care services for women, children and men as well. It will drastically reduce maternal death, improve nutrition among infants, and pave way for greater participation of Filipino men in family life."
"This unity run is a health-oriented, family-inclusive way of calling the attention of our lawmakers and other stakeholders to maintain their focus on the reproductive health bill amid con-ass, the coming elections and other political issues that may divert their attention away from this bill," San Pascual concluded.
The unity run is one of the series of events, which includes policy and business forums, to be conducted by reproductive health advocates in observance of the World Population Day in July. The theme for this years' international celebration is "In responding to Economic Crises, Investing in Women is a Smart Choice." Interested participants may check on the details of the unity run at PLCPD website www.plcpd.org.ph. (PIA 12) [top]