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Reproductive heath takes center stage in UPs forum

ILOILO CITY , Feb. 26 – Reproductive health, religion and politics were the focus of discussions as more than 200 advocates met on Thursday at the University of the Philippines Visayas to listen to resource persons on their own perspective on the current topics in the country.

A forum on “puso, puson, pananampalataya and pulitika” or 4Ps was held at the UPV Graduate and Continuing Education Building as a timely information campaign, spearheaded by the Health Action Information Network (HAIN), The Forum and LDM Philippines in collaboration with the UPV Gender and Development Office and Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) Iloilo chapter.

The forum also highlighted the collaboration of the private and government sectors in presenting to the public the current issue on reproductive health as a person’s right and the many family customs and traditions of the Filipinos.

Magdalena Lopez, country manager of IIE-LDM Philippines, said that members of the Catholics for Reproductive Health Speak Out! Movement, a fellowship of concerned individual Catholics who believe that reproductive health is a right, were also important partners in this countrywide forum.

Reg. Dir. Vicente Molejona of the Population Commission discussed the “puso” aspect of the forum and said that more young people were getting pregnant in Western Visayas. Silay City in Negros Occidental posted the highest at 18 percent in the region on unwanted pregnancy.

Molejona also cited that more females graduated from high school than males but more males were in politics and in the government service. Only 12 percent are female members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and 27 percent are females of the total regional directors of government agencies and instrumentalities in Western Visayas.

Maricar Vallido of the Forum for Family Planning and Development discussed the “puson” aspect while Sangguniang Bayan member L’Michelli Horlador of Badiangan, Iloilo focused on the “pulitika” topic.

Fr. Percy Bacani of the Missionaries of Jesus discussed the “pananampalataya” and the high risk of unwanted pregnancies and marriage. (PNA) RMA/LCPendon/vlo

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