Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Tuesday organized a team, which would help fast-track and oversee the strict implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 in the city.
Mayor Inday issued Executive Order 39, which formally created the team.
In issuing the EO, Mayor Inday cited the “right of Filipinos to access needed reproductive health care information and services.”
She said the EO also backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s EO 12, which seeks to address the needs of Filipinos through the strict implementation of the RH Law.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines (women with ) unmet need for family planning as “those who are productive and sexually active but are not using any method of contraception, and report not wanting any more children or wanting to delay the next child.”
The concept of unmet need, according to WHO, points to the gap between women’s reproductive intentions and their contraceptive behavior.
WHO reports that ‘unmet need’ is especially high among groups such as adolescents, urban slum dwellers, and women in the postpartum period.
Mayor Inday specifically tasked the team to ensure the integration of the RPRH Law in the activities of member agencies; provide reports on the status of the implementation of the said law at the city level, as well as come up with recommendations to address the gaps, if any.
The City Implementation Team is being chaired by Mayor Inday. She designated the City Health Officer as the co-chair and the City Population Officer as the secretariat head.
She named as team members representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Education , Department of Interior and Local Government , Civil Society Organization, Brokenshire Women’s Center, Liga ng mga Barangay, City Council Committee Chair on Health, City Social Services and Development Office and Sangguniang Kabataan. CIO