November 26, 2019
The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM X) in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG X) conducted a series of forain the local government units on the intensified National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP).
The participating local chief executives, administrators, and representatives came from Cagayan de Oro City (Nov. 8), Misamis Oriental (Nov 8), LanaodelNorte (Nov 13), MisamisOcciental (Nov. 14), and Bukidnon (Nov. 19).
The objective of the activity is to provide a clear understanding of the importance of implementing NPPFP in achieving the fertility intentions of the couples, reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy, increase modern contraceptive prevalence rate, and integrate population factors in development initiatives.
In a statement, POPCOM Regional Director Jeremias Gupit emphasized the need to synergize and cooperate with public agencies and LGUs to carry out the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RPRH) and intensify the national program on population.
Gupit pointed out that the country will significantly benefit economically if individuals and couples can plan their family size through informed choice and voluntarism (ICV) and with consideration of the family’s financial capacity.
DILG X Regional Director Arnel Agabe, in a separate statement, called for inter-agency collaboration which will work best if LGUs, particularly the mayors, will create plantilla positions for population officers to focus on implementing the NPPFP in attaining and sustaining zero unmet need for family planning.
During the conduct of the programs, the DILG also presented the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) which is a strategy to engage and dialogue the people at the grassroots level and the national government.
The RCSP is also a method used to help in ending the local communist armed conflict by delivering the basic social services of government, particularly the RPFP, in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).