MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing a P54.6 billion budget for 2013.
Of that amount, P537 million will be used to purchase contraceptives like pills, injectibles, and IUDs.
The money will also be used for an information drive on natural family planning method.
The beneficiaries are poor married women.
“It is distributed mainly to those who are poor. ‘Yung mga kababayan natin na cannot afford,” said Health Secretary Enrique Ona.
But health officials believe that their funding for family planning and HIV-AIDS prevention is not enough, which is why they’re pushing Congress to pass the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
“Ibig sabihin, ‘yung family size natin bababa pa, magkakaroon tayo ng economic space nang sa ganoon, makikita na mabibigyan natin ng mas magandang pagkakataon ang mga batang lalake,” said DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag.
The RH bill has entered the period of amendments, and the debates on the controversial measure have been heated.
Lawmakers who oppose the bill say the DOH already has enough money, for its family planning program. -- (ANC; By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News)