by Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao | 12/18/2012 12:49 AM
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is an ardent supporter of the reproductive health (RH) bill.
Pending the signature of the President on the controversial national bill, the ARMM government approved the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 292 that created and established reproductive healthcare for people in the region.
It was signed by ARMM office-in-charge Governor Mujiv Hataman and witnessed by officials of the Regional Legislative Assembly and Cabinet members.
The is known as "Reproductive Health Care Act of 2012 for the ARMM."
The act was passed in the Regional Legislative Assembly last December 13, 2012 after months of discussion and public discussion among different sectors in the region.
The ARMM Reproductive Health Care Act will promote the natural family planning method and focuses on strengthening child healthcare facilities.
It also protects the religious belief of people in the ARMM.
Assemblywoman Irene Tillah said the measure will not control the population in the region but is more focused on improving health facilities and educating families, especially women to lessen maternal and infant deaths.
The ARMM government will also strengthen information dissemination on the Reproductive Health Care Act.
ARMM is the first region to pass its own version of the RH bill.