The Chief Executive of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, sees the need to beef-up of the resources in managing the population size of the community as among the means on preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

Mayor Norbert B. Pagaspas, in a conversation with RD Alexander A. Makinano of POPCOM-Caraga, said that crowded housing units and highly populated communities are among those severely hit by the pandemic.

In response, RD Makinano informed the town Mayor that POPCOM has developed a tool in determining the degree of vulnerability of the households and communities to COVID-19 infection.

In the said tool, the densely populated community, the highly crowded household with senior citizens living in increase the demographic vulnerabilities to COVID-19.

On same occasion, Mayor Pagaspas gladly welcomes the partnership with Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo, Incorporated (SIKAP, INC) for the project is dubbed as Performance Accountability System (PAS) for Family Planning seeks to attain zero unmet need on modern Family Planning by making all methods including natural family methods, more accessible and available at Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and Rural Health Units (RHUs).

The project provides the strategies on underlying causes that can be addressed. First, Community mobilization beyond demand generation which community should be actively involved in the entire scheme of problem solving. Secondly, Barangay LGU mobilization this is the most accessible that addresses health issues. Third, Local Government System which catalyze the transformation of LGUs, health workers and communities by making the collectively accountable. Lastly, Engagement strategy that engage both communities up to the level of families.

The joint project is patterned to World Health Organization (WHO) through Sub-National Initiative in Davao Region consistently exposes the highest   maternal deaths. The dramatic increase in health indicators such as ani-natal care, deliveries attended by skilled birth attendants and facility-based deliveries resulting to the significant decrease in maternal deaths in a very short period of time.