Operational Structure of RA 10354
The RPRH Law is to be jointly implemented by different concerned agencies, each focusing on one or several aspects of the program and contributing to the attainment of its overall goal, and
will be coordinated by the National Implementation Team (NIT) at the national level.
National Implementation Team (NIT)
DOH AO 2015-0002 provides for the creation of the NIT. It is composed of representatives from concerned government agencies and civil society organizations. Currently, the Chair of the NIT is former Secretary of Health Dr. Esperanza Cabral, DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial as Co-Chair and POPCOM’s Executive Director, Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III as Vice-Chair and Head of Secretariat.
Members of the NIT are DOH, POPCOM, FDA, DSWD, NEDA, DepEd, DILG, PhilHealth, NAPC, PCW, NCDA, ULAP and CSOs.
The same structure will be replicated at the different regions through the RPRH Law Regional Implementation Teams (RITs). The RITs will be composed of the same agencies as the NIT composition, but the RITs can expand membership to include other organizations.
What are the roles and functions of local governments in the implementation of the Law?
- Ensure the provision of full range of RPRH care services, including all FP methods, supplies and commodities, both natural and artificial, which are legal, medically safe, non-abortifacient, to all clients at appropriate level of care.
- Ensure that all health facilities have an adequate number and adequate training for skilled health professionals for reproductive health care.
- Organize the Service Delivery Network.
- Establish or upgrade all public health facilities in the SDN.
- Ensure that barriers to RH care for persons with disabilities (PWDs) are responded to.
- Map the available RH services public and private health facilities.
- Conduct maternal, fetal, and infant death reviews and use the results of the review to improve service delivery.
- Implement an effective and well-targeted distribution program of RH supplies and commodities supplied by DOH.
- Support the promotion of comprehensive RH education in formal and informal learning settings in school and in communities.
- Organize implementing and coordinative mechanism for the implementation of the RPRH Law.
- Augment the gaps in the FP commodities and supplies provided by DOH.
- Procure, operate and maintain mobile health care services (MHCS) to deliver RH care and services particularly to its indigent constituents.
- Strengthen its pre-marriage orientation for applicants for marriage license, without exemption, based on the Joint Guidelines of DOH, POPCOM, DILG and DSWD.
- Assign RH officer of the Day, who will ensure access of all clients seeking RH care, in every public health facility at all levels of care.
- Initiate participation and engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the implementation of the RPRH Law in the locality.
- Appropriate funds for the implementation of the RPRH Law. (DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015
How will the implementation of the Law be monitored?
A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework shall govern the assessment of the effective implementation of the RPRH Law. The M&E framework will operate on a set of indicators that will reflect the overall success of the RPRH Law implementation.
Government agencies and CSOs are required to submit regular and/or annual reports on their contribution to the realization of the goals of the law.
A Congressional Oversight Committee (COC) composed of members from the Senate and the House of Representatives shall monitor and ensure the effective implementation of the RPRH Law, recommend the necessary remedial legislation or administrative measures, and shall conduct a review of the RPRH Act every five (5) years from its effectivity.