CALAMBA CITY, July 8, 2011—About 1,000 Catholic lay leaders from 83 parishes in the Diocese of San Pablo urged for the rejection of the Reproductive Health Bill now pending in Congress and called it as divisive and unnecessary measure that will not truly alleviate poverty in the country.

The leaders gathered during the convention of the Diocesan council of the Laity at the Lina-Lajara Gym in Calamba city last Saturday, July 2 and signed a petition to the members of Congress to disapprove the Consolidated Bill 4244.

After the Eucharistic celebration officiated by Bishop Leo Drona, DD, SDB with Fr. Rolando Abarca, the Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission, as co-celebrant, the delegates were briefed on the latest status of the RHB and its legal and constitutional objections by lawyer George Dee, the lay coordinator for the prophetic ministry of the Commission and Pro-Life Advocacy Coordinator of the Diocesan Commission on Family and Life.

The delegates were also given an introductory briefing on the “Porsuelo method” of the natural family planning by Nanay Feling Porsuelo as a safe, sure and more effective values-driven alternative to artificial means.

Nanny Feling is a recognized pioneer of this natural method and highly endorsed by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales and Bishop Gabriel Reyes of Antipolo.

The late Pope John Paul 11 had also recognized Nanay Feling for Conceptualizing the “Porsuelo method” and made her and her late husband Eli as members of the Pontifical Commission on the Family.

The following day, Nay Feling conducted a day-long seminar at the Del Remedio Parish in San Pablo City attended by about 80 NFP and family and life workers in the diocese.

The seminar was part of the continuing program of the Diocesan Commission on Family and Life (DCFL) in coordination with the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life.

DCFL Director, Fr. Jerry Oblepias said earlier that the Porsuelo method is the most effective means of family planning as revealed by couples who have tried it. (Fr. Romy O. Ponte)