MANILA, October 12, 2005 ( – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has announced that family planning monies from the United Nations will be used to promote effective modern natural family planning methodsÂrather than artificial contraception and abortion as the UN monies are used in many other nations. The announcement has received praise from Cebu Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who has called on promoters of artificial means of birth control to withhold legislative counter-measures until the success of the natural family planning can be assessed.

Fides news agency reports that President Macapagal-Arroyo announced the imminent adoption of the method in the Philippines during a recent meeting of leaders of the Interfaith Dialogue and Conference for Peace, and she reiterated it at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Cardinal Vidal praised the President calling her “courageous in deciding the new family planning policy”.Â

The Cardinal asked opponents of the natural method of birth regulation to “declare a multi-partisan moratorium on all legislative action to allow all the time to assess these policies, genuinely intended to protect Filipino women, the family and society, at large.”