All systems go for implementing RH Law
The Department of Health (DOH) released a statement yesterday saying they are now on the stage of implementing the RH Law after the period for filing a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) has ended.
Secretary of Health Enrique Ona said ‘We now fully understand the nature of the SC Decision and its implications on programme implementation.
‘We are ready to go.’
The Supreme Court declared the RH Law constitutional on 8 April after removing eight provisions. As per the rules of court, complainants who object to the court decision can file an MR 15 days after the announcement of the decision. The deadline for the filing of MRs for the RH law was on 26 April.
An MR is a legal document that asks the court to reconsider or re-assess a ruling. If corrections are needed in the original ruling, then the court may make a new decision based on the re-assessment.
No MRs can be filed anymore after the period set by the court. In addition, complainants who have previously filed for an MR cannot file for a second MR.
Now that there are no more legal stumbling blocks to implement the RH law, Doctor Ona said ‘Every mother giving birth, every child about to be born and all women looking for the best options to take care of their families can no longer wait.’