Rep. Kimi Cojuangco in Sison, Pangasinan

Pangasinan 5th District Representative Kimi Cojuangco, one of the country’s strongest defender of women’s rights and proponent of the Reproductive Health bill in congress today, led the movement dubbed,The Day of the Purple Ribbon for Reproductive Health: 5th District of Pangasinan Motorcade and Gathering.” On September 23, 2011 the event amassed immense support from various women’s groups and local government units. Cojuangco is a founding member of the Soul Sisters for RH that was recently launched in the city of San Juan, three days before the Purple Ribbon event landed in Pangasinan.

Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan of Sison

The motorcade covered the whole 5th district of Pangasinan from the municipality of Sison to Bautista and back to Villasis with short stops in every town and city for brief speeches by notable speakers and ceremonial pinning of RH labels to all local executive officials and institution heads. The motorcade kicked-off with a short program at Sison’s town plaza attended by numerous non-government organizations and government bureaus headed by Mayor Mina Joy C. Pangasinan. Also, noticeably during the peaceful rally were the presence of the representatives of the Northern Luzon Adventist College and the tribal organizations of the municipality of Sison who came to show their absolute support for the Congresswoman and the bill.

(L-R) Former Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Mayor Art Chan and Vice Mayor Reynaldo Reyes in Pozorrubio

After Sison, the motorcade advanced to Pozorrubio where a swarm of supporters headed by Mayor Art Chan filled the entire municipal plaza to the brim and in time of the arrival of Provincial Board Member Clemente “Niño” Arboleda who also spoke of his unrelenting support to the cause of the motorcade.

(L-R) BM Clemente Arboleda, Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr., Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Fmr. Rep. Risa Hontiveros and Vice Mayor Fernando Soriano in Laoac

Leaving Pozorrubio with school children gleefully waving their purple flags, the group rushed to Laoac where Mayor Silverio “Boying” Alarcio, Jr. and several women’s groups and Dep-ed people were already waiting, signifying the towns all-out support to the RH bill.

(L-R) Mayor Bobom Perez, BM Clemente Arboleda, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Ms. Risa Hontiveros, and Ms. Elizabeth Angsioco at Urdaneta City University, Urdaneta City

After Laoac, the team dropped by in Binalonan and then to Urdaneta City University. The crowd kept getting bigger and stronger at every stop. Here, the city officials headed by Mayor Amadeo “Bobom” Perez, IV and Vice Mayor Bong Gorospe along with the university president, Ms. Elizabeth Montero, welcomed Rep. Kimi Cojuangco and her group.

(L-R front) Ms. Risa Hontiveros, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco and Mayor Vivien Villar in Sto. Tomas

This same welcoming attributes were also replicated in the towns of Sto. Tomas, Alcala and Bautista. Mayors Vivien Villar, Atty. Manuel Collado and Amado “Pogi” Espino, III, respectively, extended a grand reception to the motorcade team to manifest their utmost support to the fight that Cojuangco and colleagues brought on to the streets, undaunted by the repercussion that could be imposed on them by one religious sector opposed to the bill.

Mayor Manuel Collado receiving an RH label from Ms. Risa Hontiveros in Alcala, Panagasinan

On both sides of the national highway, purple flags were waved on by pupils and students in front of their schools to also show that they take part in the advocacy that Cojuangco is fighting for.

Mayor "Pogi" Espino (right) receiving the RH label from Ms. Risa Hontiveros in Bautista, Pangasinan

The final stop was at Villasis where numerous supporters representing the various women’s organizations filled the Villasis auditorium to the top. Mayor Libradita Abrenica, members of the Sanggunian Bayan and the Ladies showed overwhelming support to the RH bill.

BM Amadeo Espino receiving the RH label from Rep. Kimi Cojuangco in Bautista, Pangasinan

The activity was part of an all-out campaign and endeavor to show widespread multi-sectoral support at the grassroots level to impose the immediate passage of the bill which is again continuously procrastinated by the few remaining anti-RH legislators, while the fearful play the waiting game; waiting for the right time to come in to vote and that is when they’ve ensured safety from censure.

Dr. Junice Melgar, LIKHAAN

Former AKBAYAN Party List Representative Risa Hontiveros also arrived that day to talk on the salient points that concern women and youth. According to Cojuangco, the former representative is the original proponent of the bill sixteen years ago but it never survived in the plenary because of continued delaying tactics employed by the opposition groups until a rest in congress came to stop the debate.

Engr. Rosendo So of the ABONO Party List

ABONO Party List Chairman Rosendo So pointed out a short view on the shortages of rice supply in the country and the billions worth of importations to augment the needs of the people. Tributary to the observable facts is the unmanaged population in the country.

Mr. Ramon San Pascual of PLCPD

Dr. Junice Melgar of LIKHAAN, National RH Advocate, clarified delusions on the medical issues that are within the premises of the RH.

Mr. Ramon San Pascual of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development, Inc. (PLCPD, Inc.) spoke on matters for the passage of the bill.

Other speakers were the famed Elizabeth Ansiangco and Pangasinan II Schools Division Superintendent Viraluz Raguindin.

Ms. Elizabeth Angsioco in Villasis

Local executive heads of the 5th district of Pangasinan expressed their all-out support to the bill. However, one mayor admitted pressure coming from the Catholic Church but this did not impede his decision to participate in the historical event.

Villasis Mayor Libradita Abrenica Welcoming The Rh Participants And Speakers

Dr. Viraluz Raguindin (left) speaks about the Alternative Learning System in Villasis that could be benefited by the RH bill.

The whole activity commenced at 6:00 in the morning to almost sundown the same day. A very successful event that carved a new history towards the passage of the RH bill.

Various Women's Groups that attended the rally in Villasis

The DSWD Male Groups with Rep. Kimi Cojuangco

Sison Dep-Ed team

RH BILL NOW NA! Students from Bautista and Pozorrubio repeatedly chanted in unison

Sison Tribal Council

The Kabataan and NLAC delegation


Click This Purple Ribbon to Follow Link on Photos during the Event

By 5thdistrictpangasinan Posted in RH


The fight for the current and most debated House Bill 4244 (An Act providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development, and for Other Purposes), popularly known as RH bill, has been an uphill battle for its supporters; but the obstinacy of a new army calling themselves Soul Sisters keeps the battle on the forefront by tenaciously combating arguments against the bill and are slowly turning people’s opinion to their side.

Congresswomen Kimi Cojuangco, Abigail Faye Ferriol, Bernadette Herrera, Rosenda Ann Ocampo, Emiline Aglipay, and Sharon Garin, mostly are first-term representatives in the House, have banded together to heighten the campaign to pass the RH Bill which is an issue that strikes close not only in their hearts as women but as representatives of the less privileged citizens.

As representatives, the Soul Sisters have been privy to and witnesses to the realities and experiences of the women and families in their districts. While the anti-RH Bill camps mask the realities of over-population, contraception, infant and maternal mortality, and the importance of reproductive health education, the Soul Sisters know from experience the realities faced by the families of women and youth who have not had access to the services offered by the RH Bill.

The Soul Sisters is a fitting moniker for this army of women. For that is what they are. They are sisters not only among themselves as colleagues but also along with their constituents and fellow Filipinas. As women and also

mothers they have an affinity with the females in their districts and can relate to the difficulties of childbirth and raising healthy children even in the best of circumstances; they have witnessed how those challenges multiply among those in poverty. As such, they are driven with intense determination in facing the challenges put forth by foes of the bill and notwithstanding the risk of censure and consequences that might be inflicted on them by the Catholic Church. The Soul Sisters emerged into the battlefront with naught but the candor and heart for the deprived and the weak.

Even as the religious right exerts considerable influence over the anti-RH Bill movement, the Soul Sisters are not out to crusade against church policies or erode old respected customs, their aim is to allow the poor and marginalized in this country the same choices already available to the rich and privileged. The access to services and information pertaining to family planning methods and reproductive health education will no longer be only for those who can afford it, but for all who

choose to Changes are inevitable in our cultural evolution and The Philippines is a country that is evolving to meet the modern and global culture and not even the Church can prevent that. The church will still exert their scriptures and influence over their flock and they may choose to ignore the provisions of the bill. However, all the sisters and the proponents of the bill ask is to not also not deny those who need it and want it their right to choose.

At a meeting held inside the Lady Legislators Office in Congress on September 13, 2011, the group drew plans to conduct a grand assembly in the town of Villasis, Pangasinan on September 23, 2011 to expose a concern that could lead the Filipino race to triumph, the RH bill. The rally will also aim to fast track the government in resolving the immediate approval of the bill.

The planned rally includes a motorcade which will start from the municipality of Sison to Bautista and back to Villasis Auditorium for the final program. Along the way, the motorcade will make stops in all 5th district towns and Urdaneta City. The rally and motorcade will include participants from Local Government Units and several organizations of the 5th District of Pangasinan. Also anticipated is the presence of the Iglesia ni Cristo and other pro-RH from the religious sector to attend the motorcade and rally.


By 5thdistrictpangasinan Posted in RH