Philippines Health Department Will Be Able To Fund Contraceptives Despite Budget Cut, Senator Says

GMA News Online: DOH still has enough funds for contraceptives, says Legarda
“Speaking as the head of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday said that the Department of Health (DOH) still has enough funds to purchase contraceptives for its Family Health and Responsible Parenting (FHRP) program…” (Macas, 1/12).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Philippines funds for contraceptives adequate despite budget cut: senator
“… ‘The 2016 budget for FHRP (Family Health and Responsible Parenting) was reduced by one billion pesos ($21 million), but the budget for the procurement of contraceptives is not zero. There remains 1.6 billion pesos ($34 million) that can be used for this,’ Legarda said in a statement. Enough contraceptives were bought in the last quarter of 2015 to last until mid-2016, and the DOH has budget funds left over from 2015 for its reproductive health program, she added…” (Tang, 1/12).

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