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The Philippines had an annual GDP growth rate of 7.3 percent in 2010, a sharp increase from 1.1 percent in 2009, reaching its highest growth rate in over 30 years.1 The Philippines is currently on target to reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals in reduction of child mortality, improved gender equality, fighting diseases including HIV and malaria as well as improved access to drinking water and sanitation. However, work remains to be done in improving access to universal primary education and reproductive health goals. While young women are the focus of several government programs to delay the beginning of child bearing, the Reproductive Health Bill has been in legislative debates for over two decades.