Monday, February 8, 2010

Abortion in RH

In his article that appeared in Inquirer.net, Rep. Edcel Lagman explained that the Reproductive Health Bill is not antilife. To quote him, the coverage of RHP: (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition (3) Promotion of breast feeding (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications (5) Adolescent and youth health (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs (7) Elimination of violence against women (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth.

Apparently, this article is a response to the growing fear that the RH Bill will legalize abortion and promote a culture of promiscuity among the younger generation. But base on the discussion of Representative Lagman, this fear (abortion) is baseless. I want to believe him on this issue and let us see if the lawmakers will keep up this line.

But I tend to believe that the intention of the RH Bill to educate the youth regarding sexuality is a critical clause. While I believe that the youth should be educated about it, sex education should be approached with caution or it will create another problem like accepted promiscuity.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Two Recent Editorial Cartoons

These two cartoons merely illustrated the issues that cropped up recently. One issue was on the sugar supply whose market price has significantly increased. The second editorial cartoon depicted the predicament of over 600 thousand workers in banana ang tuna industries. With pressures these two important industries are confronting, the workers stand to lose their jobs.

Waterless

Water is "tubig" to us. Davao City is lucky because it supposedly has abundant quality water. But these recent days, there were reports that the water from the much-touted Davao City's aquifer has dwindled so much as observed by residents living on top of the aquifer area in Toril.

Many residents in this area rely on their respective artesian wells that flow 24/7 since time immemorial. Now there are wells in some areas that no longer give off water as they used to be indicating that the underground aquifer is in distress resulting from continued environmental abuses within the area that is supposed to be one of the protected zones of the city.

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