Butuan City, Philippines– The Commission on Population has always been positive that through concerted efforts with the local government units (LGUs) and other relevant government agencies, family planning services shall be made available to all women and couples who need such services.
In the recently approved Executive Order No. 12 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, entitled Attaining and Sustaining “Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning” through the Strict Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, all LGUs are encouraged to integrate strategies in their Local Development Plans (LDPs) and investment programs to support universal access to Reproductive Health (RH) services through demand generation, service delivery network and mobilization of community volunteers including the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Population Volunteers (BPVs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs).
Six families represen-ting the different provinces and cities of Caraga displayed their family values and showcased their talents during the recent “Search for Planado at Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino 2016”, with the theme: “Matatag na Pamilya, Maunlad na Bukas.”
The family contestants joyfully showed off their group talents during the talent contest and parlor games. They also proved how harmonious their family is despite of their situation in the community they live in.
The contestants are 4Ps beneficiaries and pre-selected on the basis of their maternal health and family planning practices. Couples of Surigao City, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Go bagged the 1st Place; Mr. & Mrs. Julito Espia of Surigao del Norte for the 2nd Place; and Mr. & Mrs. Ronie Yuson from Bayugan City for the 3rd Place.
Butuan City, Philippines– Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) highlights the importance of responsible parenthood this August in celebration of the Family Planning Month, as one of the keys to sustainable development.
With the statement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law must be put into full force and effect, POPCOM and DOH are continuously intensifying the conduct of its various program interventions.
Both government offices are directed to reduce unmet need on FP, within the next 200 days of the administration of President Duterte through the provision of FP services upon the demand of the couples.
Butuan City, Philippines– The Commission on Population is once again reminding young people, not only those in a romantic relationship, to be more cautious and responsible on their choices especially as they celebrate Valentine’s Day, amidst the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies and HIV.
“Young people should be sexually responsible at all times. They should learn to have self-respect and self-worth; they don’t need to change their values to conform to others. They have to learn to ‘Say No’ for real love does not need sex; it can wait. And adolescent should also make wise decisions for a brighter tomorrow.” POPCOM Caraga Director Alexander A. Makinano highlighted.
POPCOM observed that youth seek their peers and the mass media, not their elders, on matters pertaining to relationships.
While POPCOM and its partners continue its campaign on sexual awareness and safe sexual behaviour, sexual experimentations and premarital sex increases.
Studies pointed-out that premarital sex is highly unprotected, exposing young people to the risk of getting Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) or worst Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Mostly of the HIV victims are young people.