Press Release
October 17, 2019

At least 600 staff of SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM Downtown Premier attended the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) classes last October 7-9 and October 14-15.

The family planning classes were conducted by POPCOM 10 Chief of Technical Division Mr. Jeremias L. Cabasan in partnership with the Medical Services Division of SM City Cagayan de Oro.

The series of classes were composed of topics on natural and modern family planning methods as well as the discussion on the common myths and misconceptions.

In an interview, Ms. Gladys, a participant of the activity said, “I have learned so many things about planning the family, the methods, and I am enlightened about preventing unwanted pregnancy. “ She furthered by saying that, “…it’s really true that every pregnancy is a risk pregnancy. So, women should be knowledgeable about their bodies and men should also be highly involved in maternal health.”

On the other hand, POPCOM 10 Regional Director JeremiasGupit points out that the activity is a ’notable achievement’ as the efforts of disseminating the correct and adequate information on family planning has been delivered to the doorsteps of a business establishment in the city without the formalities of the memorandum of agreement to bind the parties.

“This is a huge achievement of POPCOM because it is very rare that we receive an invitation from private institutions to conduct RPFP classes. We appreciate the effort of SM City Cagayan de Oro for giving us an invitation and we are more than privileged to provide them the services,” says RD Gupit.

POPCOM 10 is confident that this kind of engagement will flourish not just in one corporation but in all other private institutions in the region.

As a next step, POPCOM 10 plans to return to SM City, this time, to provide direct family planning services to its employees in partnership with its Medical Services Division