Piece-meal analysis of RH Bill (First in a Series)




It is like providing another playing area for the corrupt if we look at Sections 10 and 11 of the proposed RH Bill.

It commands the buying of supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health institutions.

If that is so, is it not that this is another playing area for the corrupt to play around?

If RH Bill is a law, is it not that the government is actually officially supporting the manufacturers of these “medicines” and “supplies” to make their products as necessities?

Think that if only two (2) million males will need condom and each would use one on a day of sex with a partner. Think that the males, considering them on a collective average, would have sex in only 100 days a year. If they would be given free condoms by the State, how much would the government spend? Then here is the computation: 2,000,000 males x 100 days x 1 condom per day = 200,000,000 condoms.

Now, if one condom is P10.00, this means that the State will have to spend at least P2-billion for condoms alone every year.  And to think, many males do sex not with wives all the time.  This means that the State is funding immorality.

What about medicine pills to prevent pregnancy? If one pill costs P10.00 and twice the number of woman have sex for at least 100 days in a year and would use one pill for each of those days, we have this computation: 4,000,000 women x 100 days x 1 pill per day x P5.00 = P4 billion a year.

Now, not all women are having sex with husbands. This means the State is promoting women having sex with men not their husbands by spending billions of pesos.

Worse, there is no provision regulating the prices of these “medicines” and “supplies.”

We know that medicines are sold at four times the actual cost of production and expenses needed to bring them to the pharmacy stores.

In addition, other expenses are in the provision of a van that contains all the medicines and other contraceptives to service Filipinos in far-flung areas.

Please read Sections 10, 11 and 15 in their verbatim words, to wit:

SEC. 10. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines. Products and supplies for modern family planning methods shall be part of the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health units.

SEC. 11. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies. – The DOH shall spearhead the efficient procurement, distribution to LGUs and usage monitoring of family planning supplies for the whole country. The DOH shall coordinate with all appropriate LGUs to plan and implement this procurement and distribution program. The supply and the budget allotment shall be based on, among others, the current levels and projections of the following:

(a) number of women of reproductive age and couples who want to space or limit their children;

(b) contraceptive prevalence rate, by type of method used; and

(c) cost of family planning supplies.

SEC. 15. Mobile Health Care Service. – Each Congressional District may be provided with at least one (1) Mobile Health Care Service (MHCS) in the form of a van or other means of transportation appropriate to coastal or mountainous areas, THE PROCUREMENT AND OPERATION OF WHICH SHALL BE FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. The MHCS shall deliver health care supplies and 14 services to constituents, more particularly to the poor and needy, and shall be used to disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health. [The purchase of the MHCS may be funded from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of each congressional district.]2 The operation and maintenance of the MHCS shall be operated by skilled health providers and adequately equipped with a wide range of reproductive health care materials and information dissemination devices and equipment, the latter including, but not limited to, a television set for audiovisual presentations. All MHCS shall be operated by a focal city or municipality within a congressional district.
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