September 22, 2020
Every 26th of September in a year, all nations celebrate World Contraception Day (WCD). The observance aims to improve awareness of couples on contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health with the view that every pregnancy is wanted. This year’s theme is “It’s your life – it’s your future!”
The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) promotes the population program especially on the use of contraceptive and is always anchored on informed choice and voluntarism (ICV). Thus, the couples freely decide on their fertility intention and the family size they want to have in relation to the quality of life they want to live as it is their life and their future that is at stake. POPCOM through its local population officers and staff guide them and allow them to visualize it.
POPCOM-X’s efforts to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in the region is always in place even amidst the present COVID-19 health crisis. Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) classes, Home Visits and other Demand Generation activities are regularly conducted at the local level with the observance of the COVID-19 Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) health protocols reaching 54, 871 couples from January to August this year. These activities aim to provide information on reproductive health and family planning, advantages and disadvantages of the FP methods and the benefits of FP use to the whole family.
The RPFP Itinerant team of POPCOM-X, composed of midwives and nurses, is continually conducting RPFP outreach and caravans. From January to August this year, our RPFP team have served a total of 5, 529 clients with unmet need for modern FP referred and served to include walk-in clients in our POPCOM-X FP Clinic. This is about 49.46% of the eleven thousand one hundred seventy-eight (11, 178) couples identified with unmet need for Modern Family Planning. These clients were referred to the rural health units (RHUs) by our Barangay Population Volunteers (BPVs) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Injectables and implant are the top most common FP methods used.
It is worthy to note that POPCOM-X is the only region in the country that has its own FP Itinerant Team staffed by highly skilled nurses and midwives which has been rendering services to remote barangays in the region even at the time of the pandemic.
With the nations commemorating WCD, POPCOM hopes to see more couples oriented on RPFP, more clients referred and provided with FP services and more young couples dream of having a quality life by having a family size according to their capacity to sustain it.