The Aquino administration lauded the legislators for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill, paving the way for the Filipinos to raise their respective families in a manner that is just and empowered, a Palace official said. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following the passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill on 3rd reading at the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday night.

President Benigno S. Aquino III huddles with the participants of the Pasko ng Batang Pinoy 2012 for a group photo souvenir at the Kalayaan Grounds of the Malacañang Palace on Wednesday (December 19). The Pasko ng Batang Pinoy Project is part of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) comprehensive program which targets zero street children, street families and Badjaos in 10 priority areas in Metro Manila where there are large concentration of street children, families and IPs. With the President are Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Hermino “Sonny” Coloma and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman. (MNS photo)

“The passage of the Responsible Parenthood Bill signals not only a new chapter in our agenda of inclusive growth; it also begins a process of healing for the wounds that may have been opened by an often feisty democracy, Lacierda said. The Aquino administration expressed confidence that positive and meaningful engagement among the different branches of government will continue, Lacierda said. Lacierda said the administration thanked the legislatures who made a historic vote on Monday and successfully passed the Responsible Parenthood Bill.

“We are particularly grateful to Speaker Sonny Belmonte; Majority Floor Leader Boyet Gonzales; Congressman Edcel Lagman who authored this bill and shepherded it through for more than a decade; Senator Pia Cayetano, who waged an equally difficult battle in the Senate; and every legislator who voted for this measure, Lacierda said.

“They have made it even clearer – that the people now have the government on their side as they raise their families in a manner that is just and empowered, he said.

“As President Aquino asked, our representatives voted according to conscience. Discussions regarding this bill were heated and did not lack for passionate advocates from either side, Lacierda noted. Lacierda stressed that the legislators fulfilled their duties with honor when they crafted a law that can truly address the needs of the people.