News - PCPD Partners Meet on RPRH Law Implementation

PCPD held a two-day partners conference to discuss the opportunities and challenges in implementing Republic Act 10354, or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

PCPD executive director Felicitas Rixhon said the conference aimed to “assess the landscape for the full implementation of the law, share experiences among popdev advocates and implementers and explore synergy, generate program ideas, and build collective strategies for (the law’s) implementation.”

Four resource persons spoke on key concerns that could affect how the law is effectively carried out:

Dr. Grace Cruz of the University of the Philippines Population Institute – What Do Empirical Data Say about Filipino Families and Young People;

Dr. Ronald Mendoza of the Asian Institute of Management – With Political Dynasties Around, Can Local Government Units Implement the RH Law;

Dr. Toby Melissa Monsod  of UP School of Economics – Geography: How Does This Figure in the Implementation of the RH Law; and

Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health – Government’s Blueprint on the RPRH Law Implementation.

AIM dean and PCPD board member Juan Miguel Luz facilitated a rapid appraisal of the external and internal environments for the implementation of the law. The external environment refers to the interest of government and the public in pursuing it, while the internal environment involves its advocates and implementers, or the RH sector.

In the rapid appraisal, the partners were asked to rate where the RH sector is in terms of its ability to respond to opportunities and threats. Using the SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis, the cumulative rating from the partners indicated that the RH sector is “weak,” especially in service delivery, geographic coverage, and ability to generate resources.

The partners saw the Aquino administration as an opportunity where the external environment is fully opened and there is limited opposition to the law’s full implementation. However, they viewed the next administration as a threat where implementation may be difficult or opposition to it may prevail.

The partners also had a workshop to discuss programming ideas, drawing on their own experiences in carrying out their projects as well as the results of the rapid appraisal.