New programs foreseen for Buk’n Population Office re: RH Bill


MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/20December) The Bukidnon population program office will have to create new projects following the final reading of the Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill at the legislative department.

Population program officer IV Agustin Palabrica Jr., Population and Development Office said in a phone interview with Bukidnon News that there could be a possibility of creating new projects and programs and even new offices for effective implementation of the RH bill.

“’Our office could have movements to create new programs and offices for a better execution of the bill,” said Palabrica.

A bigger human resources and more local programs are being eyed by Palabrica in order to properly execute the bill in the province.

“There might be a counterpart coming from the local and the provincial government aside from the equity from the national government over this bill though I do not know of how much that will be since the bill is still on the process,” Palabrica added.

Palabrica stressed that they have people designated to 15 municipalities particularly Quezon, Maramag, Manolo Fortich, Don Carlos, Talakag, Lantapan, Kitaotao, Libona, Cabanglasan, Damulog, Dangcagan, Kalilangan, Kadingilan, Malitbog and Sumilao to orient the residents about family planning program and soon to incorporate the RH bill.

However, even if the population program office does not have personnel to attend to the other five municipalities of Impasug-ong, Kibawe, Baungon, San Fernando and Pangantucan, these local government units have their own workforce.

The office, said Palabrica, is still waiting for the implementation and regulations attached to this bill before taking actions.

On the other hand, Bishop Jose A. Cabantan, D.D. of the Diocese of Malaybalay said in a reporter that the church will continue advocating natural way of family planning to the people. Bishop lamented the result, however, did not lose hope to continue educating the parishioners. He even pointed possibilities for a dialogue with the local government giving more attention for natural family planning.

A bicameral conference will take place allowing the two chambers to reconcile their versions before President Benigno Aquino can sign the bill to make it a national law.

The RH Bill passed the last reading on Monday. (Rogielane Arombo/