POPCOM-Caraga in partnership with DKT Philippines is set to conduct three (3) Family Planning (FP) service delivery in select health facilities in the region in January alone, providing free bilateral tubal ligation (BTL), non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), and progestin subdermal implant (PSI) for qualified individuals.

The three-round of service delivery starts at Cabadbaran District Hospital (Cabadbaran City) on January 20; followed by Surigao del Norte Provincial Hospital (Placer, SDN) on January 21; and Bunawan District Hospital (Bunawan, ADS) on January 23.

Both BTL and NSV are permanent modern family planning methods. BTL (for women) is a surgical procedure in which the fallopian tubes are permanently blocked or removed while NSV (for men) involves cutting and tying the vas deferens to prevent the sperm from entering the urethra, thereby preventing fertilization. PSI, on the other hand, is a long-acting method that uses a matchstick-sized rod that contains the hormone progestin inserted in the left arm of women to prevent impregnation up to three years.

POPCOM and DKT will grant material and financial support to the successful clients of the said FP services.

POPCOM encourages all qualified individuals to avail of the free service, especially those who are situated near the aforementioned facilities. Interested individuals may visit their local heath units and signify their interest to the family planning (FP) coordinator. The FP coordinators will administer the pre-counseling and the consent form before finally referring the client to the procedure.

These activities form part of the intensified implementation of the National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP), as one of the strategies in attaining and sustaining zero unmet need for modern family planning.