Sulong RH: Provinces of Ifugao and Benguet
The RH Provincial Advocacy Teams (PAT) of the Provinces of Ifugao and Benguet had their strategic planning workshop in Legazpi City Albay on 18-19 September 2017. Both provinces have their local RH ordinances. The strategic planning workshop were geared towards the local implementation of their local or provincial RH ordinances as well as sustaining national and local advocacy for RH.
The Benguet delegation was headed by Hon. Jim Botiwey, Provincial Board Member, also the Committee Chair on Health. While the Ifugao delegation was headed by the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Mary Josephine Dulawan. They were warmly welcomed by their counterpart in the Province of Albay headed by Hon. Howard Pem Imperial, Provincial Board Member, also the Committee Chair on Health.
Provinces of Albay, Ifugao and Benguet, including Palawan and Cebu, are project sites of the Sulong RH project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through a consortium of NGOs headed by The Forum for Family Planning and Development (The Forum). The consortium composed of The Forum, Health Action Information Network (HAIN), Filipino Freethinkers, and the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), the consortium member which organized the activity.