Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar S. Moreno expressed support on ICV on FP during the courtesy visit of POPCOM-10 Regional Director Jeremias C. Gupit on August 4, 2016.

I respect the freedom of choice of couples on Family Planning”, Mayor Moreno said. He advised the City Health Office (CHO) to make all FP methods, natural and artificial, available in all Barangay Health Stations (BHS) in the city.

During the courtesy visit, Director Gupit had also expressed concern about the rising incidence of teenage pregnancy and STI, HIV and AIDS in the city. To address the said problem, he opened to Mayor Moreno the concept of establishing Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) on Adolescent Health Development (AHD).

ISDN on AHD, if it will be created, will compose of government and non-government agencies providing services needed by teenagers and adolescents.

As a technical working committee, it aims to address issues on teenage pregnancy, STI, HIV, and AIDS, and other youth-related problems.

Mayor Moreno approved the establishment of ISDN on AHD in Cagayan de Oro City and instructed the Community Improvement Division (CID) to make the necessary preparations for the creation of ISDN.

As an initial step, the POPCOM-10 and Community Improvement Division (CID) of CDO had a meeting last August 5 at POPCOM-10 office, Cagayan de Oro City. During the meeting, details on the establishment and implementation of ISDN were discussed. It was agreed that other partner agencies (GOs and NGOs) will be invited for an organizational meeting on August 30 to 31, 2016.