EU Offers Reproductive Health Aid to Philippines

The European Union has offered €35 million ($50.6 million) in support for health system reforms in the Philippines, particularly free access to contraceptive products.

The head of the local EU delegation office is encouraging Philippine lawmakers to pass a new reproductive health reform proposal, which has sparked fiery debates in the conservative Asian country.

“We have always been very clear in supporting reproductive health rights,” GMA News quotes Nicholas Taylor said. “It is important for governments to make family planning available… It will be much more effectively done if the reproductive health bill is passed because that gives a legal framework for driving it much more effectively.”

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.