July 1, 2019
The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) RPFP team conducted an outreach program on Progestin-Only Subdermal Implant (PSI), in partnership with the Municipal Health Office of San Fernando, Bukidnon, headed by Dr. Maria Algerlina I. Edma.
The outreach was part of the Buntis Congress 2019 activity aimed to provide prenatal checkups to pregnant women and family planning services to women or couples who wish to space pregnancy or limit childbirth. The activity was also joined in by doctors and nurses coming from the Provincial Health Office of Bukidnon and the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP), Bukidnon Chapter under the leadership of Dr. Filipinas S. Villa, MPH, CFP.
Forty-six (46) women were provided with FP services, specifically Progestin-Only Subdermal Implant. The outreach was a tremendous success with 37 of the family planning acceptors coming from the indigenous communities of the Tiguahanon and Matigsalog tribes of Bukidnon. The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law of 2012 mandates access to free FP services to women regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. The activity is considered a milestone in the implementation of the RPFP program especially that IPs are among the underserved communities in the region.
POPCOM 10 will continue to bring up the acceptance of the IPs on modern FP methods in all areas of Northern Mindanao through continuous education on the health and economic benefits that people can gain from it. Giving them correct information about family planning is key to acceptance of the contraceptive methods based on informed choice. POPCOM 10’s outreach program will be intensified even to far-flung areas to serve women and men in reproductive age who have an unmet need for FP services