RELENTLESS POPCOM, DOH in Pushing Family Planning in the Region

The Department of Health XI and the Commission on Population Region 11has vowed to be relentless in further strengthening the government’s campaign in delivering the right information about responsible parenthood and reproductive Health as well as its urgency and importance of various global population issues.

“It’s now or never,” said DOH-Davao Family Cluster head Dr. Raquel Montejo on Monday,as she urged the region’s population to engage in Family Planning in guiding them on how to plan their family’s future.

“Responsible Parenthood which means that each family has the right and duty to determine the desired number of children they might have and when they might have them, and  beyond responsible parenthood is Responsible Parenting which is the proper upbringing and education of children so that they grow up to be upright, productive and civic-minded citizens,” said Montejo.

Their data showed in 2017 until June 2018, there were a total of 29,578 clients who had unmet needs for family planning.

According to United Nations Population Fund UNFPA, the Tehran Proclamation states that, “parents have basic human right to determine freely and responsibility the number and spacing of their children.”

Meanwhile, Popcom-Davao will conduct 29,410 Responsible parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) classes to 298,891 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4PS) and non-4Ps recipients through the conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS), house to house visitation, Usapan Serye, pre-marriage counseling and other demand-generation activities, in celebration of the World Population Day on July 11, holding the theme, “Family Planning is a Human Right”.

The World Population Day, an international event that aims to increase people’s awareness on the urgency and importance of various population issues such as family planning, reproductive health, gender equality, poverty, maternal and child health and human rights.

Earlier, Regional Director of Popcom 11, Bai Agnes Sampulna said “By strengthening partnerships with regional agencies and local government units, we are ensuring that demand generation and service delivery of modern FP commodities will be available to couples and individuals of reproductive age who have an unmet need for modern FP will be answered since access to contraception shouldn’t be taboo, or considered as a luxury or a privilege. It is time to acknowledge that family planning is a fundamental human right.”