April 29, 2021
Acknowledging the devolved powers of the local government units (LGUs), where problems are best resolved, the Commission on Population and Development – Region X (POPCOM X) is gearing towards full localization of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).
Data from the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) showed that poverty incidence among families in the Province of Bukidnon has drastically dropped to more than half from 47% in 2015 to 22.2% in 2018. The data also reveals that the poverty incidence among the population has reduced from 53.6% in 2015 to 27.5% in 2018. This is the same period where the Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) showed a leaps and bounds increase in modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) in the area from 48.8% in 2016 to 63.5% in 2018.
The abovementioned findings suggest that intensifying family planning (FP) services for women and couples have helped reduce the number of poor families in the province. With many couples able to prevent unplanned pregnancies, they are also able to provide for the need of their children and increase savings for other investments.
On the other hand, the FHSIS data also showed that the mCPR in Misamis Oriental has increased to 87.6% in 2019 from 84.7 % in 2016. Moreover, the poverty incidence among population has declined to 20.7% in 2018 from 23.4 in 2012. This translates to an estimated 100,000 people lifted from poverty.
The two (2) provinces have signed the partnership agreement (PA) together with POPCOM X last March 10 (Bukidnon) and March 29 (Misamis Oriental) through Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. and Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano respectively.
The agreement contains a grant of P1 million for the both provinces which will be used to implement the three (3) program components of PPMP namely; responsible parenthood and family planning (RPFP), adolescent health and development (AHD), and the population and development (POPDEV) integration.
POPCOM X Regional Director Neil Aldrin G. Omega, during the PA signing, emphasized the important of implementing the population program in order to reap social and economic benefits and population issues are addressed. Understanding the interrelationship of population and development would enable LGUs to design development interventions that would benefit its people.
Along with the financial grant, the Commission will also provide technical assistance to LGUs in the areas of capacity building and the conduct of family planning (FP) outreach activities in geographically isolated and displaced areas (GIDA).
Both provincial governors expressed their gratitude to POPCOM X for the grant which will help supplement funds to intensify the implementation of projects and initiatives of the population program.
Meanwhile, partnership agreements with other local governments in the region for the localization of PPMP are also underway.