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POPCOM-NCR builds KATROPA Advocates among Government Employees

The Commission on Population-National Capital Region (POPCOM-NCR), as part of its efforts in strengthening partnership with national government agencies in the region, recently conducted a three-day KATROPA training for male employees and members/officers of the organized MOVE (Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere) from selected male dominated regional agencies which was held at the Icon Hotel in Quezon City.

KATROPA (Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya) is an initiative of the Commission on Population that aims to promote male involvement in maternal and child health as well as responsible parenting towards elimination of violence against women and children.

POPCOM Deputy Executive Director and Acting Regional Director Lolito R. Tacardon said this activity hopes to build more advocates in government offices who shall promote responsible parenting and family planning in the workplace, ensuring men’s involvement through application and sharing of key messages learned from the training.

During this training, participants were provided with information and inputs about maternal, neonatal,

katropaand child health and nutrition (MNCHN), improving husband-wife relationship, caring for the family, responsible parenting, family planning and related laws protecting women, children and family.

An action planning session was also held wherein each agency identified possible activities where promotion of KATROPA may be integrated in their respective workplace.

The participants during this training included representatives from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Department of Justice (DOJ). ###


The Commission on Population-National Capital Region (POPCOM-NCR) supported the City Government of Caloocan through its Health Department in the conduct of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition Service Delivery Network (MNCHN SDN) Summit held on January 10, 2017 at Buena Park Clubhouse, Caloocan City.

Highlighting this event was the ceremonial signing of Family Planning (FP)/MNCHN Service Providers’ Agreement (SPA) by health care service providers from 53 private and public maternity/lying-in and birthing clinics, 16 private and public hospitals, together with the City Health Officer Maybelle P. Sison and Department of Health-NCRO as represented by the Chief of the Field Operations Division Dr. Ruben Siapno and attested by POPCOM Deputy Executive Director and Acting Regional Director Lolito Tacardon.  Representatives from Luzon Health and Save the Children were also present to witness the event.  

The ceremonial signing of the FP/MNCHN SPA marked the strengthening of the partnership of health care service providers and stakeholders working for RPFP and MNCHN program in Caloocan City to improve the current maternal and child health status and service provision in the area by providing appropriate and ethical clinical and non-clinical standards and a systematic referral mechanism.

"This is another significant milestone for Caloocan MNCHN and proudly, another public and private partnership at work.  The signing of the SPA is beneficial to all mothers, adolescents and members of the SDN.  MNCHN SDN, if not to end, will lessen infant mortality,” said Dr. Maybelle P. Sison, Caloocan City Health Officer.



The Division of City Schools of Pasig retains its PopQuiz Championship title after winning the SY 2016-2017 NCR Population Quiz held last November 18, 2016 at Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City.


Ms. Abigail D. Semodio, Grade 10 student of Rizal High School from the Division of Pasig, was declared Champion after she bested 15 other contestants from the different divisions of Metro Manila by garnering a score of 34 points. She will represent NCR in the National Population Quiz to be held on January 23-26, 2017 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.


Coming in second was the Division of Las Pinas as represented by Andrei Carlo T. Tuyay of Las Piñas East National High School – Equitable Village Annex while third was from the Division of Malabon as represented by Miguel Luis C. Campos of Tinajeros National High School.


DepEd-Pasig Schools Division Superintendent Freddie V. Avendaño said the contest was very important since schools need to invest in human resources and that population explosion should be considered as one of the biggest threats in the world.


Coinciding with the conduct of PopQuiz was the Regional Festival of Talents wherein three on-the-spot skills contests were held, namely: Essay Writing, Poster Making, and Jingle Writing and Singing. The works of the students centered on theme “Kabataan, Kalusugan, Kalikasan: Magkakaugnay” to focus on the importance of the interrelationship of health and environment and how it could directly affect the growth and development of our youth.


The winners for the three other contests were as follows:

Essay Writing: Jericho l. Malquitar of Kaunlaran High School, Division of Navotas

Poster Making: Nicolas Selwyn F. Jalea of Marikina Science High School, Division of Marikina

Jingle Writing and Singing: Alejandrea Magtangob of Tinajeros National High School, Division of Malabon


Couples and adolescents served in POPCOM RP-RH Caravan in Schools



The Commission on Population –National Capital Region has successfully served more than 900 couples and adolescents during the conduct of three Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RP-RH) Caravan in Schools held during the fourth quarter of 2016 in  Mandaluyong City.

POPCOM-NCR Regional Director Lolito R. Tacardon said the RP-RH Caravan is in line with the implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health law and an initiative of POPCOM to reach to adolescents in schools, together with their parents, by providing information on the prevention of teenage pregnancy and spread of STI/HIV among adolescents as well as responsible parenting and family planning for parents. 

“Our efforts to reach more couples and adolescents will be doubled this year to reach more couples and adolescents for RPRH information and services and to improve their health-seeking behavior,” Tacardon added. 

The series of caravans were held in Addition Hills Integrated School (AHIS), Andres Bonifacio Integrated School (ABIS) and Jose Fabella Memorial School (JFMHS), the schools nearby POPCOM office in Barangay Addition Hills.

During these caravans, the participants have undergone different lectures on addressing the increasing incidence of early pregnancy and the spread of STI/HIV-AIDS among the youth; Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning session for couples, which promotes responsible parenting through family planning, and Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) session specifically for men which promotes good husband-wife relationship and discussion on laws related to violence against women and children.

The participants were also treated to free medical services, e.g.  health consultation, risk assessment and family planning consultation and service provision. Many of the attendees who are mostly women of reproductive age (WRA) expressed their desire on spacing and limiting their children thus, the availment of pills, condom and injectables, and referral to other family planning services. 

The RPRH caravans were conducted in coordination with POPCOM Wellness Clinic, Friendly Care clinic, Mandaluyong City Health Office, School Officials and officers of the schools’ Parents-Teachers Association (PTA). ###





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