January 30, 2018
The Commission on Population Region X partners with Department of Interior and Local Government in the Orientation of the RPRH Law and DILG Memorandum Circular 2017 – 085 to the Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) of Region X with the theme “The Welfare of the Filipino Families: A Shared Responsibility”. There were three batches held for the orientation to fully deliver a high-quality standard of dissemination of information and to intensify actions that are necessary to the attainment and sustainability of Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning which ended last January 23, 2018, at The VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Attended by the DILG Regional Director Arnel Agabe, ARD Abdullah Matalam, Engr. Nahum Colocar and their staff, the orientation was packed with dynamic LGOOs who are willing, able and committed to take part of this step in achieving one of the United Nation’s 17 Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to improve access to sexual and reproductive health care in developing countries and is also one of the current administration’s 10 – point socioeconomic agenda. Engr. Colocar, in his remarks during the activity, said that they are grateful to POPCOM for bearing a hand for them to realize their tasks and functions.
As stated in the MC 2017-085, DILG is directed to:
- Cause the immediate and widest dissemination of this Memorandum Circular to all local government units within their respective regional jurisdictions;
- Ensure RPRH funding is included in the Comprehensive Development Plan and Executive Legislative Agenda of the LGUs;
- Include gender and sensitive and rights-based RPRH-related training in the Local Government Academy;
- Include performance measures on RPRH particularly in meeting unmet needs for family planning as one of the indicators for the Seal of Good Local Governance; and,
- Monitor timely submission of reports by the LGU using the RPRH M&E Framework.
It was agreed upon during the orientation that each province, municipality, and the city will create their Municipal Implementation Team (MIT) / City Implementation Team (CIT) as well as Provincial Implementation Team (PIT) with the respective head of the LGU (i.e. Mayor) as the chairman to ensure delivery of the tasks and functions given to them as follows:
- Disseminate and implement all issuances pursuant to RPRH Law and its IRR and all other issuances as issued by pertinent government agencies that have for its purpose the implementation of RA 10354;
- Coordinate the actions of the departments, sections, and units within the Local Government Unit and of the national agencies implementing the law in the areas of policy development, capacity building, advocacy, education, information, health service delivery, field operations, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Monitor the implementation and evaluate the impact of the RPRH Law, and in the area of Family Planning, ensure that the principle along Informed Choice and Voluntarism is strictly adhered to;
- Provide regular reports to the Provincial Implementation Team as required;
- Provide recommendations to the Provincial Implementation Team to improve the implementation and impact of the RPRH Law in the municipality.
- Act on any additional task as may be assigned by the undersigned from time to time relevant to the implementation of the RPRH Law.
As an initial result, POPCOM X’s Regional Director Jeremias Gupit visited Lanao del Norte’s Governor Imelda Quibranza – Dimaporo last January 18, 2018, at the Provincial Capitol of Lanao del Norte and discussed over the creation of the MIT. Governor Dimaporo is eager to support and noted that it would be a big help especially now that there are about ten municipalities in their province who are aiming for the Seal of Good Local Governance.
As of this writing, the cities of El Salvador, Valencia, Oroquieta, and the municipalities of Lantapan, Poona Piagapo, Tangcal, and Guinsiliban have already created and submitted their Executive Orders for the creation of CIT / MIT.
POPCOM is positive that through this initiative, together with the widened network with the LGUs, the region is right on its way to reduce cases of unplanned and mistimed pregnancies, address, accelerate and sustain the reduction in unmet need for modern family planning and attain desired family size among the poor and the marginalized which in result, the social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need is delivered to the Filipino families.
—PHIL JOY ROCKWELL