Parenthood-Family program benefits 25,477 couples
Butuan City – At least 25,477 couples in the Caraga Region have availed of the various seminars, training, and other activities regarding Responsible Parenthood-Family Planning (RP-FP) programs.
For the continuing program in the grassroots level, the Region-13 office of the Commission on Population (POPCOM-13) already conducted 1,549 RP-FP classes throughout the region.
At present, there are at least 28,907 couples involved in family planning (FP) based on the responsible parenting movement (RPM) classes, while 88,152 is the total number of FP users based on the records of rural health units (RHUs), and other government health facilities.
Some of the programs, training, and seminars conducted by the POPCOM-13 include Responsible Parenting for Adolescents with general Parents’ and Teachers’ Associations, FP Technology, communication and counseling training and FP technology, and skills training, “Usapan” series training on family planning-maternal and child health and gender program, information education and communication advocacy materials, adolescent health and youth development, school-based campaign of teenage pregnancy, and population and development integration.
The POPCOM-13 also partnered with the Caraga Youth Leaders Network (CYLN) and the Caraga Federation of Student Councils in an effort to push the program in the various schools – both government and private, and various youth organizations in the Caraga Region.
The agency also launched its Web site in an effort to interact with every resident in the Caraga Region in line with the RP-FP program as it is also closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Education (DepEd) for the various projects of the POPCOM.
“We are moving ahead, and we are implementing and upgrading our programs in 2014,” said POPCOM-13 Director Alexander A. Makinano.
Meanwhile, the POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez recently visited the region for a consultative meeting with the regional staff and the population officers of the various cities and provinces in Region-13.
It was learned that the consultative meeting became productive as issues and concerns regarding the program implementation along Population and Development (POPDEV) integration, Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD), and RP-FP programs were leveled off and acted upon.
Perez acknowledged the importance of giving priority to the field operations, thus making impact on the reduction of unmet need for family planning.
As support for the program operation, Perez committed to provide equipment, such as computers and printers to all population offices in the provincial/city levels.
He also assured to coordinate with the DOH for possible posting of RNHeals nurses in every city/provincial population office who will assist in the RP-FP program.