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Lagman to colleagues: Augment 2018 budget for reproductive health

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Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman urged his colleagues in Congress to augment the proposed allocation for family planning supplies and devices in the General Appropriations Bill.

The House of Representatives approved only P342.5 million for reproductive health commodities as a result of the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court on certain RH products.

But Lagman said that with latest development in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has re-certified as non-abortifacient all 51 contraceptives, including the controversial sub-dermal implanon and implanon NXT and the commonly-used copper intrauterine device (IUD), “there is urgent need to augment” the 2018 proposed appropriation.

“The TRO and the pending recertification process by the FDA ‘justified’ the small appropriation for family planning supplies,” he said, adding that the recertification of the 51 contraceptive products as non-abortifacient signals the automatic lifting of the TRO.

“When sessions resume starting November 20, the Senate can introduce the requisite increase since it is still deliberating on the 2018 GAB or the augmentation can be effected by the bicameral conference committee on the GAB which is expected to be convened towards the end of November or early December,” Lagman said.

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