Category Archives: Advocacy

Nationwide Smoking Ban in Public Places

Editorial cartoon credit: People’s Tonight and NVT

Rejoice non-smoking people! With the recent signing of Executive Order 26 by President Duterte, smoking is now prohibited in public places (except in designated smoking areas), including public vehicles whether stationary or in motion, nationwide.

The smoking ban will implemented in all public outdoor spaces, enclosed and partially enclosed public spaces, accommodation and entertainment establishments, and work places.

The EO covers drivers, conductors, and passengers in public utility vehicles.

The Executive Order was made in time for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31. #smokefreephilippines

DOH files motion of reconsideration against TRO on RPRH Law

Here’s one positive news I read this week.

Finally we have a leader who fully supports the law and very vocal to protect the health of every Filipino women

DOH Sec. Ubial files motion for reconsideration against TRO

DOH Sec. Ubial files motion for reconsideration against TRO on RPRH Law at the Supreme Court this week. Photo credit: doh.gov.ph

Official statement of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial in filing of motion for reconsideration against TRO on RPRH Law:

The Department of Health is here today to act on President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law.

The DOH with the assistance of the Solicitor General, has filed with the Supreme Court today a Motion for Reconsideration against the Temporary Restraining Order on behalf of many Filipino women who will be at risk of maternal complications and adverse consequences of their pregnancy or childbirth.

It is estimated that any further delays in the full implementation of the RPRH Law may increase the number of Filipino women dying every year because of the greatly reduced access to family planning commodities and services which are severely affected by the TRO.

The DOH cannot renege on its mandate despite opposing opinions to protect the welfare of women, especially the poor, who have inadequate access to Family Planning Services.

The DOH appeals to every woman to speak out for her right, to have her voice heard and to ensure that every family in this country has the right to family planning services.

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