RPRHRoyal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital (Australia)
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The scheme, however, was among the eight provisions removed by the Supreme Court in the RPRH law.
"The government cannot continue to tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the implementation of the RPRH Law is concerned," Pernia said.
Beyond the full implementation of the RPRH law, economists urged the government's policy-makers to also practice introspection when implementing policies.
"From his very first State of the Nation Address, President Duterte has indicated strong political will to fully carry out the RPRH Law as part of his administration's socio-economic reforms to address poverty," said Cayetano, principal sponsor of the RPRH Law.
RH advocates blame the barriers in the implementation of the RPRH law for the continuing high incidence of teenage pregnancies.
Pernia told reporters that the RPRH law remains the 'cheapest' means to address poverty in the country.
Esperanza Cabral, a former health secretary and current head of the National Implementation Team of the RPRH Law, says serious problems remain with the country's 'fragmented health system.' Under devolution, the delivery of health services falls under local governments, not all of which are headed by mayors or governors who believe in family planning or are willing to allot the needed budgets.
Popcom says teenage pregnancy in Philippines still alarming !-- -- MANILA, Philippines Five years since the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law was upheld by the Supreme Court (SC), the Philippines is still grappling with a high number of teenage pregnancy cases, according to the Commission on Population (Popcom).
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) vowed to step up the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law following the signing of an executive order bringing back the Commission on Population (POPCOM) under its supervision.