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Family planning for free?

Research by Juni Gonzales and Alexis Lopez, infographic by Andrea Canlobo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2018 07:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2018 03:59 PM

Seven out of every 10 married women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years old) want to practice family planning, but 17% of them are not using any contraceptive method, according to the results of the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey. 

The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act of 2012 guarantees “universal access to medically-safe, non-abortifacient, effective, legal, affordable, and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, (and) supplies.”

The Supreme Court declared the law as constitutional and legal in April 2014, and in November 2017, the high court lifted the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants it issued in April that year after the Food and Drug Administration certified these to be non-abortifacients.

The government has increased its budget for family planning annually by an average of 14%, from P2.3 billion in 2012, to P3.6 billion in 2018.

Here are the family planning methods available to the public for free and their prices commercially which many are not availing of.