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Manila to spend two billion pesos on birth control, Church says no
House of representatives decides funding in 2008 budget because high birth rate adversely impacts public welfare. Bishops oppose initiative, calling instead for greater commitment against unemployment and poverty, promoting natural methods of birth controls.
Filipino bishops call for education and development, not contraceptives
Two congressional committees back the Reproductive Health bill, triggering the bishops’ reaction against the ‘pro-abortion” bill. The prelates want the government to come up with policies that focus on “education, agricultural development and help to the poor.”
Church: "Two-child policy is anti-family"
No to contraceptives for birth control, says Archbishop Cruz
Filipino bishops urge president to block ‘pro-abortion’ bill
Bishops’ Conference calls on her to veto Reproductive Health bill if it is approved by Congress. Bill proponents and opponents in legislature claim to be near quorum to get a vote. Church reiterates its view that “abortion is murder.”
Hunger growing as 40 per cent of Filipinos lack of food
Gallup survey ranks Philippine 5th on hunger list. Data indicates hunger and malnutrition are getting worse. Catholic bishops urge government to institute assistance policy, reiterating their view that corruption, not overpopulation is the cause of poverty.
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