The Commission on Population and Development will soon initiate a move to make family planning commodities and services more accessible at the grassroots through family planning pantries throughout the country during the national crisis.

Due to the Local Government Units’ demand, POPCOM plans to install a Family Planning section in community pantries and promote family planning to couples by providing Information, Education, and Communication materials visible around the area.

POPCOM will also provide onsite FP information by disseminating IEC materials such as booklets, brochures, and flyers. On its counterpart, LGUs and Barangay Officials will assign health or population volunteers to take charge of the distribution of IEC Materials.

During the 1st quarter of 2021, public and private sectors formed and initiated communities’ pantries that provided goods such as vegetables, canned goods, and water supplies to those individuals who needed the items the most to ease the drought brought by quarantine and lockdowns.

POPCOM Executive Director Undersecretary Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III urged the agency’s regional bodies to establish community pantries that provide quality family planning commodities and partners with private and public sectors who organize the same activities.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano pledged that the regional office would join local government units combating the threats of teen and unwanted pregnancies by providing Family Planning services and information in their areas.

Meanwhile, according to the study conducted by the University of the Philippines, 10 percent of women aged 15-49 years old will give birth during pandemic events because of the interrupted family planning services brought by travel and quarantine restrictions.