Mayor Jason P. Almonte increased the manpower complement of the City Population Office to vigorously implement the Local Population Program of the City. The move of the mayor came-out as a result of Mr. Neil Aldrin Omega’s (Officer in Charge of POPCOM) visit with him to ask for more support to the population program. Mr. Omega briefed the mayor on the new developments of the program particularly the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPRH) law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). He informed the mayor about the various projects that LGUs can implement in the barangays and schools such as the: 1) Family Development Sessions on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning; 2) Classes on Learning Package on Parent Education or LPPED for parents; 3) U4U roll-outs; 4) Classes on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) in the schools, and 5) Sessions on KATROPA and Usapang Bagong Maginoo (for husbands/fathers) in the barangays. Realizing the importance of these projects and their impact on the city’s development, Mayor Almonte offered to add one support staff to the population office.
Oroquieta City has always been among the top performers in region 10 when it comes to conducting activities for Population and Development (POPDEV), Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) and Gender and Development (GAD) components of the (PPMP). Its Population Office is manned by Mr. Isagani Tillo under the supervision of the City Health Officer III–Dr. Clemente A. Almonte II. The new staff of the office is Ms. Claire F. Espina, a registered nurse.
Oroquieta has a population of 68,945 based on the 2010 Census of Population with a population growth rate (PGR) of 1.43. Although the mayor did not consider the population of his city as a big concern for it is relatively small compared to the population of its neighboring cities, he still sees the importance of the population program to address other important social and health issues that affect the people – young and old. An example of this is the growing incidence of teenage pregnancy as a result of adolescents and youth sexual risky behaviors. Mr. Omega further explained to Mayor Almonte that POPCOM has been supporting and providing technical assistance to LGUs in carrying-out educational campaigns and behavior change communication activities in schools and barangays to address this problem. The AHYD program of the Commission combines the ASRH classes and U4U roll-outs in all cities and municipalities in Northern Mindanao and aims to help reduce the sexual risk behaviors of young people to prevent early pregnancies.