Thursday, September 15, 2011

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on the RH bill

"Experts estimate that it will cost government some P3 billion a year to implement the RH law. This is considered modest. In the context of promoting development in less developed countries, the higher cost-benefit ratio is obtained from family planning programs than from infrastructures investment. Similar hardware requirements for development are more lumpy, time-consuming, and demand longer gestation periods."

"The RH cost of P3 billion a year is only one-seventh, or 14.3 percent, of the P21 billion cost of the Conditional Cash Transfer program. The two programs should be compared. On the one hand, the RH program is self-targeting, meaning that typically, it is the poor who self-select to obtain RH services which they cannot afford on their own. The RH program is simpler and less costly to administer."

Read the rest here.

To also read the account of former U.P. College of Law Dean Raul C. Pangalangan's account of Senator Santiago's lecture today at Malcolm Hall, U.P. College of Law on the RH bill,please click on this link:

Miriam: Whoever says ‘darling, let us procreate’?

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