Philippines RH Bill (Republic Act No. 10354) Published, Effective 2013

After being signed by Philippine President Ninoy Aquino III on Friday, December 21, 2012, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 has been published online via the Official Gazette of the Philippine government.

As per the statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, “The law will take effect 15 days after its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation.”

Please click on the image to view the signed copy of the RH Bill.

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Valte also included the following into her statement. “The passage into law of the Responsible Parenthood Act closes a highly divisive chapter of our history—a chapter borne of the convictions of those who argued for, or against this Act, whether in the legislative branch or in civil society. At the same time, it opens the possibility of cooperation and reconciliation among different sectors in society: engagement and dialogue characterized not by animosity, but by our collective desire to better the welfare of the Filipino people.”