Abilan, Buenavista – About a hundred of population workers and volunteers from different areas of Caraga trained with effective Interpersonal Communication and Counseling (IPC/C), as a core strategy for facilitating behavior change among clients leading to attainment of desired healthy behaviors.

In the IPCC on Family Planning training workshop conducted by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga, Director Alexander A. Makinano disclosed that the three batches of non-health service providers including population workers were equipped with practical information, skills, techniques, and resources to improve the quality and assess the effectiveness of interpersonal communication, counseling and group communication to strengthen the delivery of health services at their respective area.

POPCOM emphasized that the training workshop helped the frontline non-health service providers maximize the one-on-one provider-client interactions to accurately assess the health concern of the client that caused to visit to the facility and offer a viable solution.

The agency, on the other hand, stressed that most provider-group interactions are organized for health education, the conduct of various family planning demand generation activities like Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning class, Usapan sessions, the training workshop also helped enhance the effectiveness of non-health service providers in conducting these sessions to enable their clients or the couples, particularly those with unmet need on modern family planning, to practice modern FP method of their choice and eliminate unintended pregnancies among social-economically poor women.