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National Youth Commission Supports the RH Bill

Written By Paolo Antonio Fernando on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 4/25/2011


In a 2-page resolution adopted on April 11, 2011, the National Youth Commission (NYC) expresses its support to the legislation and implementation of a National Policy on Reproductive Health.

As a prime mover in inclusive youth development, the NYC stresses its responsibility to promote and protect the physical, intellectual, and social well-being of the Filipino youth; and in accordance with the objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs 2015), the Commission pushes for the improvement of maternal health by reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health services.

The NYC rests its decision to support the RH Bill from the youth development study conducted by the commission which acknowledges that there is a need to ensure the acceptability, accessibility, availability, and affordability of culturally and gender-sensitive/responsive health services and facilities for adolescents and youth; and from the resolution adopted by the 7th National Youth Parliament, convened by the NYC in 2008, that urges the President of the Republic of the Philippines and the 14th Philippine Congress to approve the RH Bill.

The NYC clarifies that it does not encourage young pregnancies; it does however recognize the duty of the State to provide the youth with proper reproductive health information and life-saving services.

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