November 25, 2019
The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM X) conducted an orientation for Cagayan de Oro City media personalities on the intensified National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) last October 30, 2019, at the VIP Hotel.
The activity is in light of Executive Order No. 12 of President Rodrigo Duterte entitled “Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning” through the strict implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, providing funds therefor, and for other purposes in January of 2017. The order intensifies and accelerates the implementation of critical actions necessary to address the unmet need of Filipinos for modern family planning (mFP).
The media orientation primarily aims to provide correct and adequate information on responsible parenthood and family planning (RPFP) to the media practitioners.
In an interview, Assistant Regional Director Neil Aldrin Omega said that “The campaign to raise awareness and to disseminate information on RPFP should be an inclusive work not only of the concerned government agencies and private institutions but also with media being the shapers of public opinion and influencers of the general public.”
According to the 2017 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), it was recorded that 41% of the women in the age of 15-49 in Region 10 have heard the information on family planning from the radio and 13% from the newspaper.
“It is important that media, being the provider of news and shapers of opinion, be equipped with knowledge on the importance of RPFP, its economic impact, latest statistical data, and the interventions we [POPCOM] is doing to manage our population and empower Filipino families,’ ARD Omega added.
The orientation program was attended by anchors and reporters from 8 radio stations and writers and editors from 3 newspaper outlets in Cagayan de Oro City.
Among the topics discussed were RPRH law and its economic advantage, the different family planning methods with emphasis on correcting the myths and misconception were also discussed by the Chief of Technical Division JeremiasCabasan.
POPCOM X has high hopes that the media practitioners will help to supplement newspaper articles and on-air discussions to influence couples and individuals to avail of family planning methods and become part of the discussion on responsible parenthood.
The attendees will also comprise the re-established POPCOM Press Corps and become resident news responders in all demand-generation and other related events of POPCOM.
The orientation ended with a series of live interviews by different radio stations with POPCOM personnel as regards the continuous rising of teenage pregnancy in the country.