44 Participants from different municipalities of the province of Bukidnon joined in the recently conducted training on “Identifying and Linking Unmet Need for Family Planning to Service Facility” held at the Training Center of the Commission on Population Region 10 Last Tuesday, 17th of May this year. The activity was attended by Municipal Population Officers (MPOs) and Barangay Population Volunteers (BPVs) from Lantapan, San Fernando, Kalilangan and Pangantukan. The Training was facilitated by four officials and staff of PopCom 10.

According to the Commission on Population Regional Director Jeremias C. Gupit “The Government’s project will only be successful if everyone within the community will fully cooperate and participate in achieving the goal of implementing a sustainable program that advocates on reducing unmet need for family planning“. The Unmet Needs for FP are those Couples who want to plan, space or limit their number of children but are not using any family planning method or those couples who are using the traditional FP method.

The PopCom 10 Planning Officer IV Neil Aldrin G. Omega, provided the mandates and stipulated under the Department of Health (DOH) “To provide universal access to quality family planning information and services to men and women whenever and wherever needed and enable them to make an informed choice and voluntary decision to use modern Family Planning method best suited to his/her needs (Beneficiaries)“.

Aside from enhancing and strengthening the knowledge and skills of MPOs and BPVs, the training was also assigned to contribute to reducing Maternal Death/ Maternal Mortality. Based on the recent survey, about ten (10) pregnant mothers/women die every day in the country because of pregnancy-related causes. This is because many of them lack awareness and knowledge of having a safe pregnancy or they are too young, and or old to bear a child”, said Mr. Omega.

The training provided the participants’ knowledge of modern family planning, informed choice voluntarism, myths, and misconceptions about family planning among others. The training lasted for three days where participants were required to conduct a return demonstration at the end.