Archbishop Jesus A. Dosado’s catechesis on Humanae Vitae: Kissinger Memorandum, Population Commission, and the Reproductive Health Bill

In his series of catechesis on the Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI, Ozamiz Archbishop Jesus A. Dosado, CM outlined the history behind the reproductive health bill :

  1. Henry Kissinger authored in 1965 the National Security Study Memorandum No. 200 mandating the creation and funding of massive population control programs in 13 countries identified as having high population levels and growth rates. The Philippines was one of these 13 countries.
  2. President Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 79 which created the Population Commission to spearhead an aggressive national population control program.  POPCOM was to be the office for the flow of funds from three principal funding agencies: the World Bank, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the United States Agency for International Development. The Asian Development Bank subsequently became a significant player.
  3. A National Family Planning Office was created in the Department of Health. Two major private institutions were also created to support the government program: the University Of The Philippines ‘ Population Institute and the Population Center Foundation, which augmented the program with research utilization capability.
  4. As the program moved along, bilateral funding from Japan, Australia, Canada and a few European countries, and project funding from private agencies supplemented the population war chest.
  5. POPCOM evolved to be a powerful mini-Cabinet formed among Trustees representing major government players in population control, namely, Health, Labor, Local Governments, Finance, Social Welfare and Economic Development. The objective of POPCOM is to reduce the growth rate and level of population to what it believed to be manageable, conducive to “sustainable development.” This level and rate were determined by external agencies like the Population Council based in New York.
  6. Present population controversy between the church and the government backed up by International Development/ Funding Agencies.  With this standoff, there was no other way to achieve this in a country whose population was significantly Roman Catholic except to aggressively promote modern artificial family planning methods.  “That is the purpose of the recurring RH Bills.” Dosado concluded.

Source: Wendell Talibong, Ozamiz prelate reiterates stand on RH Bill in RP (Ozamiz City, CPCP News, March 20, 2009). 

Note: I rearranged the material.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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