Federation of Free Farmers , National Farmer Leaders Strongly Reject the RH Bill

The Federation of Free Farmers, meeting at its national convention on 3 May 2011 in Quezon City, reaffirms its commitment to uphold the sacredness of human life and the integrity of the Filipino family as the bedrock of Philippine society. These long-held and deeply cherished values are also enshrined in the Philippine Constitution and many existing laws.

Consistent with this position, the FFF registers its vehement opposition to the so-called RH (reproductive health) bills pending in both Houses of Congress. The main reasons are:

1. Filipinos in general and farmers in particular consider their children as blessings to their families and as assets to society. In contrast, the RH bills seem to treat pregnancy as a disease and child-rearing as an affliction, both to be prevented or even eliminated.

2. The massive promotion and provision of pills, implants and other artificial means of birth control will likely expose our women to greater, rather than less, risks to their health. The bad side-effects of these methods are medically recognized and have been validated by actual experience, especially among rural women, who face the daily reality of extremely limited medical supervision and facilities in the countryside. (On the other hand, natural family planning – such as the Billings ovulation method – is easily affordable, protects women’s health and the life of the unborn, enhances husband-wife interaction, and respects the religious faith and cultural sensitivities of the overwhelming majority of Filipinos.)

3. The RH bills assume mistakenly that lowering population will lead to a significant drop in poverty. Actually, history teaches that it is the opposite that holds true. Hence, the limited resources of government are better invested in economically and socially productive programs on food security, education and skills training, and improved governance, among others.

4. The provisions on mandatory sexuality education will likely bring about a tectonic shift in the youth’s mind set against our traditional and constitutionally protected values on the individual, marriage and the family. For instance, some of the RH bills apparently will recognize the right of adolescents to a satisfying sex life even outside of marriage, provided that the right is exercised “responsibly”.

Posted with permission from Eric Manalang

4 thoughts on “Federation of Free Farmers , National Farmer Leaders Strongly Reject the RH Bill”

  1. Obviously, these are unintelligent opinions fueled by the church. Sex education leading to shift in mindset? Studies say it’s the opposite. History telling us that contraception increases the population? Which history?

    Sad that these farmers are influenced by stupid bishops and uneducated people like Manalang.

    1. Please show your studies “saying the opposite”.
      “Contraception increases the population” — you misstated the argument. The original says, “lowering population will lead to a significant drop in poverty. Actually, history teaches that it is the opposite that holds true.” The correct interpretation of this is

      “According to history, lowering population does not lead to a significant drop in poverty.” or
      “Increasing population will lead to a significant drop in poverty.”

      not “contraception increases the population”

      What do you know about the education of bishops and of Manalang? It’s easy to call people “stupid” and “uneducated”. Much harder to prove it. And even harder is to prove that you’re better than people. It’s all opinion. Next time, please comment here with logical arguments and facts to support them.

      If you’re going to call people names at least present your reasons why.

  2. Jake,

    Please don’t underestimate the intelligence of our farmers, especially the leaders of the Federation of Free Farmers.

    The FFF is one of the largest and oldest peasant organizations in the Philippines. We have been actively involved in social reform and development activities since 1953. From our own experience and studies, we know that population control as the solution against poverty does not work.

    LEONARDO Q. MONTEMAYOR
    President, FFF

    Moreover, our concerns regarding the provisions of the RH bills on mandatory sex education are based on our knowledge and analysis of programs/projects that have been (or continue to be) carried in this area for the past thirty-odd years in the Philippines.

  3. Yeah great. As if Filipino farmers can’t think for themselves. Sorry to say Jake. Our farmers know more things than what you ever know. So stop insulting our farmers and do some serious study of the RH Bill.

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