The Commission on Population and Development underscored the importance of men’s health, improving gender relations, highlighting male role models, and promoting positive expressions of masculinity during the celebration of the International Men’s Day on November 19.

The theme for this year’s celebration “Better health for men and boys”, calls on men and boys to take care of their body and promote the importance of men’s physical and mental health and positive masculinity.  It also promotes the need to value men and boys and to make practical improvements in their health and well-being.

POPCOM highlighted the celebration through promoting the local theme “Maginoo KATROPA Ako”, which aimed to transform outdated gender norms, instill a progressive attitude and teach relevant skills among the male population and engage men as partners and advocates of responsible parenting and family planning.

POPCOM heightened the celebration of the local International Men’s Day through the conduct of various demand generation  activities promoting  the Kalalakihang  Tapat sa Responsabilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya.

Gender equality is always a worthy goal, and International Men’s Day reminds us to make a special effort to strive for positive relations across the entire gender spectrum.

Among the activities  initiated by the local population office  in time of the International Men’s Day celebration is the conduct of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning education among Indigenous People, inputs on Gender-Based Violence and how to prevent COVID-19 infection during this health pandemic.  

RD Alexander A. Makinano of POPCOM shared that based on the report from the Department of Health, majority of men are contracted with COVID-19 virus compared to their female counterparts, as men face a lot of pressure in society, hence they are expected to be providers. 

Study revealed that because men are portrayed as tough persons, such rigid gender norms may make difficult for men to disclose their emotions and ask for support, thus men are prone to commit successful suicide than women.  Suicide is strongly associated with depression, physical pain and illness, living alone, and feelings of hopelessness and guilt.