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Family planning program needs higher budget -- solon

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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AFTER the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recertified as non-abortifacient all 51
contraceptives, there is a need to increase the budget for family planning program.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the proponents of family planning, welcomed the decision of
the FDA.
    
The FDA also included as non-abortifacient the controversial sub-dermal implanon and implanon
NXT and the commonly-used copper intrauterine device (IUD).
    
Lagman said Congress should increase starting 2018 the budget for family planning supplies and
procurement.
    
The 2018 proposed budget for family planning commodities as approved by the House of
Representatives under the GAB (H.B. No. 6215) is only P342.4 million due to the temporary restraining
order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court last June 17, 2015.
    
“The TRO and the pending recertification process by the FDA “justified” the small
appropriation for family planning supplies,” Lagman said.
    
He added that the subject TRO restrains the recertification and certification of covered
contraceptives and their procurement and use pending the action of the FDA with due process accorded
to oppositors.
     
Meanwhile, the recertification of the 51 contraceptive products as non-abortifacient signals
the automatic lifting of the TRO and the need for additional appropriations for family planning
supplies and devices because there are more contraceptives to procure for free distribution to
marginalized acceptors.
 
The veteran solon suggested that Senate can introduce the requisite increase since it is still
deliberating on the 2018 GAB or the augmentation can be effected by the bicameral conference committee
on the GAB which is expected to be convened towards the end of November or early December.