October 28, 2020
The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM-X) has continuously providing family planning services and information throughout the region in spite of the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
As the Commission folds another year of successfully bringing the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) at the doorsteps, it braces for another year to empower Filipino families.
For 2021, POPCOM-X sees the chance to strengthen even more the implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning for Labor Force Empowerment (RPFP4LFE) which aims at providing correct and adequate information on family planning to the members of the labor force, which compromises two-thirds of the population.
As economies are struggling to recover post-pandemic, RPFP4LFE is a key strategy to avoid unintended pregnancies among women in reproductive age as high fertility decreases productivity of the employees.
On the other hand, the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) will continue to provide information on sexuality education among teenagers with the advent of technology and the media.
As students spend much of their time online through the distance learning implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), the AHD advocacy campaigns are translated in the social media resources for easy and convenient access of information.
POPCOM-X will also increase its presence and mobility in other platforms, such as radio talk-shows and contactless information drives, in order to reach a wider demography of audience.
Despite challenges faced by the local government units (LGUs), POPCOM-X will strengthen its partnership and collaboration with the LGUs through their population offices and rural health units (RHUs).
The Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration program of POPCOM maps out a master plan to assist the LGUs in the implementation of Registry of Barangay Inhabitant and Migrants (RBIM).
POPCOM-X emphasizes the importance of RBIM in calamity or crisis response mechanisms of LGUs by keeping updated records of all inhabitants of the barangay such as name, birth, sex, civil status, citizenship, occupation, and other information items.
In a statement, POPCOM-X Regional Director Jeremias Gupit said that, “Indeed, in every crisis, there is always an opportunity. The pandemic provided us an opportunity, a chance to be more proactive and innovative in our strategies in the implementation of PPMP. As always, we are prepared to empower more families for the year ahead.”