The Commission on Population and Development Caraga (POPCOM – Caraga) is stepping-up in its campaign to remind parents and couples from different parts of the region to practice responsible parenthood and family planning especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement released by POPCOM-Caraga’s Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano, he said that pregnancy and childbirth during this crisis could add to the burden of the parents and couples.

Regional Director Makinano also worries about the birthrate spike during this pandemic that could lead to overcrowded hospitals and lesser medical attendants brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

POPCOM Caraga assures the public that all RHU and MHC region wide will continue their information drive and services for the Modern Family Planning to manage the increase of the population

Health Centers are open during weekdays to accommodate women who wish to avail injectibles and subdermal contraceptive implants while our Barangay Health Volunteers are stationed to deliver family planning commodities such as pills and condoms right at their doorstep.

Meanwhile, POPCOM – Caraga opened its Helplines to cater the public’s question and address fears and worries regarding Responsible Parenthood – Family Planning (RP-FP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHDP), and Gender-Based Violence to ensure uninterrupted services during this pandemic. Helpline responders can be reached at 09951550746 (Globe) and 09610419159 (Smart) from Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 pm. You may also follow POPCOM-Caraga’s official facebook page, Commission on Population and Development Caraga Region for more updates.

POPCOM Caraga also scaled up its communication through social media advocacy program to expand its reach to parents and couples regarding Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning. POPCOM Virtual Academy every Monday – Wednesday at 3:30-4:30 pm.  It also aims to deliver sufficient knowledge support and population development to its viewers and listeners during this time of community quarantine brought by the pandemic. POPCOM also staged its Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program School on Air every Thursday and Friday from 3:30-4:30 pm.