Abilan, Buenavista – The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-Caraga reminds parents to stay responsible through the practice of modern family planning during community quarantine to prevent unplanned pregnancies. 

The commission is calling the population and health workers and volunteers to remain aggressively providing family planning services by reaching out to households… for FP is now mainly a health intervention program for improving the health and welfare of mothers, children and the family.

With the help of the local government units, POPCOM assures couples and families the provision of basic family planning services in their respective communities despite community quarantine to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

In this continuing information campaign, the population agency urged couples to remain conscious about planning their families despite having only limited activities at home; maintain their overall health and well-being during these trying times.

POPCOM Caraga revealed that when couples are more likely to stay at home for longer periods due to the community quarantine being enforced by the different LGUs in the region and other areas in the country affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, pregnancy spike may happen as couples are unable to visit the health centers and avail the regular reproductive health services including contraceptives such as pills, condoms, injectables, and the like.

A study revealed that 3 in 10 births in the Philippines is either unwanted or mistimed.

Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano emphasized that the increase of unplanned pregnancies during natural crisis has a major impact on demography. “In times like these where everyone is discouraged to go out in the streets may reduce couples access to family planning information and services and lead to unplanned pregnancy. Natural disasters, pandemics and other events that force people to stay indoors are followed by increased births”, he underscored.

Makinano further accented the interrelationship of population, health and environment; the increasing number of people make bigger demands for food and resources, exerting pressure on the environment.