Aquino government lauds passage of Responsible Parenthood Bill

MANILA, Dec 18 — The Aquino administration lauded the legislators for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill, paving the way for the Filipinos to raise their respective families in a manner that is just and empowered, a Palace official said.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following the passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill on 3rd reading at the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday night.

“The passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill signals not only a new chapter in our agenda of inclusive growth; it also begins a process of healing for the wounds that may have been opened by an often feisty democracy,” Lacierda said.

The Aquino administration expressed confidence that positive and meaningful engagement among the different branches of government will continue, Lacierda said.

Lacierda said the administration thanked the legislatures who made a historic vote on Monday and successfully passed the Responsible Parenthood Bill.

“We are particularly grateful to Speaker Sonny Belmonte; Majority Floor Leader Boyet Gonzales; Congressman Edcel Lagman who authored this bill and shepherded it through for more than a decade; Senator Pia Cayetano, who waged an equally difficult battle in the Senate; and every legislator who voted for this measure,” Lacierda said.

“They have made it even clearer —that the people now have the government on their side as they raise their families in a manner that is just and empowered,” he said.

“As President Aquino asked, our representatives voted according to conscience. Discussions regarding this bill were heated and did not lack for passionate advocates from either side,” Lacierda noted.

Lacierda stressed that the legislators fulfilled their duties with honor when they crafted a law that can truly address the needs of the people.#