The United Nations and 20 Philippine government agencies voiced their support for the passage of a reproductive health (RH) bill that would supposedly promote responsible parenthood.
The support came after Catholics staged a protest rally against the bill on Saturday.
In a joint statement, the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN Children's Fund said the enactment of Philippine House Bill 4244 or more popularly known as the reproductive health (RH) bill would help prevent the rise of urban poverty.
"The current high economic growth of more than 5 percent per year promises to lift millions of Filipinos out of poverty. But hopes of future prosperity could turn to dust if the country is not able to deal with the population growth by giving men and women access to the information and means to freely and responsibly exercise their human right to have just the number of children they want," said a UN joint statement issued on Sunday.
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