- Posted June 25, 2014 by
Phl office on women's health pushed
Filed by Rep. Maria Theresa Bonoan of Manila, House Bill 3866 seeks to establish the Office of Research on Women's Heath pursuant to Article 13, Section 11 of the Constitution mandating the State to prioritize women's needs.
Women have peculiar needs and responsibilities, according to Bonoan, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development and a member of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality.
"Women are more exposed to diseases and danger as they get pregnant and give birth," Bonoan said.
She cited studies that showed women who give birth are more susceptible to pregnancy-related and childbirth-related complications, particularly if the woman is either too young or too old.
Because of their responsibilities in society, Bonoan said women have heavier and more tiring workloads.
"Women, aside from child rearing, also have to perform such other responsibilities as income-generating work, community work and housework, which often fall solely on them. Hence there is probability that they get tired more and so may have lower resistance to infections," Bonoan said.
Under the bill to be known as Research on Women's Health Act, the ORWH, which shall be headed by the Health Secretary, will, among others, identify research projects on women's health that should be conducted or supported by both the government and non-government agencies.
The Advisory Committee on Women's Health shall be created to supervise the research activities to be undertaken by the ORWH.
The committee shall be composed of two representatives from the Health Department, four physicians, two representatives from non-government organizations and one representative from the general public.