Countdown to Gold
"POPCOM 50th Anniversary"
February 19, 2019
The Provincial Government of Camiguin, through the leadership of Gov. Maria Luisa D. Romualdo, approves funding support for the 100 millionth symbolic baby. This was announced last July 27, 2018 during the 4th Year celebration of the birthday of the 6 symbolic babies in Region 10. Gov. Romualdo announced the approval of the financial support of the province to Baby Jessica which will shoulder her needs for health and school until she reaches 17 years old. In addition to the financial support and continuous monitoring of her condition, Baby Jessica will also receive a full scholarship, with any course that she wants to take at Camiguin Polytechnic State College. The approval of this proposal confirms the government’s support to the development of the 100 millionth symbolic baby.
To further advance POPCOM-10’s commitment in addressing unmet need for modern family planning, POPCOM now provides services on Progestin-only Subdermal Implants (PSI). More than 600 clients were provided by POPCOM with PSI in partnership with the LGUs. Details are as follow:
|Damulog, Bukidnon||80 Clients|
|Baungon, Bukidon||150 Clients|
|Quezon, Bukidnon||240 Clients|
|Libona, Bukidnon||73 Clients|
|Sumilao, Bukidnon||78 Clients|
|Cagayan de Oro City||50 Clients|
To assist the LGUs in preparing a correct GAD plan and budget, POPCOM-10 conducted this in partnership with the DILG who issued a memorandum to all LGUs enjoining them to attend this training as another strategy to implement the RPRH Law. In essence, some LGUs are heard to have been often unable to conduct PPMP activities due to no budget allocated for population activities. With this issue, POPCOM offered to train the LGUs on GRPopS for them to access the 5% GAD allocation for PPMP program. 7 batches were conducted in the 2nd quarter. The participants were the Municipal Budget Officers; Municipal GAD Focal Persons; Municipal Population Officer and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer. As output, all LGUs came-up with a population-strategy-focused GAD Plan and Budget for 2019. Those who had already submitted their 2019 GAD Plan could still make revisions as stated in the 2016 DILG-NEDA-DSWD-DBM Memorandum Circular 2013 (Amendments to 2013 MC on the Operationalization of the Magna Carta of Women). Below is the summary of GRPopS conducted:
Batch 1 Bukidnon May 30-31 31 Participants
Batch 2 Bukidnon May 31-June 1 27 Participants
Batch 3 Misamis Oriental June 5-6 28 Participants
Batch 4 Misamis Oriental June 7-8 27 Participants
Batch 5 Misamis Occidental June 19-20 27 Participants
Batch 6 Lanao del Norte June 21-22 25 Participants
Batch 7 Lanao del Norte June 26-27 27 Participants
On March 14, 2018, a ceremony was conducted to award entries for best practices done by POPDEV clubs (can be program, project or activity) in Cagayan de Oro. The said awarding ceremony was attended by POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio E. Perez, III. He graced the activity with an inspiration message and by observing the activity the whole time. Winners for best practice by POPDEV Clubs were the following:
1st Place: Angeles Sisters National High School “Conduct of POPDEV-themed Jazz Chant Contest”
2nd Place: Carmen National High School “Adopt A Friend”
3rd Place: Iponan National High School “Focus Group Discussion”
POPDEV clubs are generally a school-based student organization initiated and formed by POPCOM in partnership with the School Division. It aims to provide the schools with co-curricular activities that generate students’ awareness about population and development issues, concerns and other “nice to know” matters for the students. The City Population Office helps ensure the sustainability of POPDEV Clubs by constantly coaching and monitoring them on their activities.