As the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) MIMAROPA, in partnership with regional line agencies (RLA), local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region, work hand in hand to ensure that family planning (FP) services, along with the essential reproductive health services, are available and accessible to the public.
Cognizant of this reality, the DOH and POPCOM have agreed that this year’s theme for the National Family Planning month celebration would be “Usap tayo sa Family Planning Atbp”. The umbrella theme is anchored on the principle of initiating and promoting open conversation about family planning with the following sub-themes:
(1) Usap tayo sa FP so you can practice safe sex;
(2) Usap tayo sa FP para sa HIV-Free Pinas; and
(3) Usap Tayo sa FP dahil ang “Pamilyang Planado, Protektado.”
The sub-themes aim to synergize the messages on sexual and reproductive health as well as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for a more holistic FP communication campaign.
POPCOM-MIMAROPA Regional Director Reynaldo O. Wong points out that the regional office continually provides the right information and services on FP aimed at helping couples and individuals to make informed decision as well as to exercise responsible parenthood thru family planning pandemic or no pandemic. “We have scheduled a series of FP webinars that can be easily accessed on our official Facebook page. These webinars highlight men’s involvement, women empowerment, and the role of the general population in promoting family planning,” RD Wong said.
LGUs in MIMAROPA along with the CSOs continue the provision of FP commodities even during lockdowns and quarantines. Population officers and health workers in the region ensure no disruption in the delivery of FP services to clients. Health centers in the region are open to accommodate women who wish to avail of any modern FP methods.
“It is important to recognize the importance of family planning in this challenging times. We have to leverage innovations that allow health care providers to continue providing FP information, counseling, and services,” RD Wong emphasized. ###