UN, Philippine official say government must do more for population control

November 14, 2008 • News

A senior United Nations official and a cabinet minister called on the Philippine government Wednesday to take steps to control the country’s population growth, despite fierce opposition from the Catholic church.

Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral called for the passage of the much-delayed Reproductive Health Care Act and urged President Gloria Arroyo to support the bill, despite her previous opposition to family planning.

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