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In preparation for the celebration of the National Family Planning Month, more than 100 women with unmet need for family planning from Brgy. Balara, Quezon City participated in the annual Family Planning Fair dubbed as ‘I Shine FPilipina,’ organized by Quezon City Health Department through its Population Management Office, in partnership with the Commission on Population-NCR (POPCOM-NCR) and Asia Management and Research Group, Inc. (AP MARGIN), held on July 26, 2018 at SB Park, Villa Beatriz, Barangay Matandang Balara, Quezon City.

 

The event was a gathering of women which aims to provide family planning information and reproductive health services to women of reproductive age which is also in line with the celebration of Family Planning Month every August with the theme “Pamilyang Planado, Panalo #FPTryMo.”

 

“We would like to make these women aware about their rights and to make the family planning services closer and accessible to them, including the young mothers so that they could be helped to achieve their desired family size,” said by Dr. Karen Gemma A. See, Medical Officer III and Physician of Matandang Balara Health Center during her welcome message in the opening ceremony of Family Planning Fair.

37917051 2250881015132553 6834661752538398720 oChonalyn, Geri Lee and Ahlian are the three babies from National Capital Region who were born closer to 12:06 am of July 27, 2014 when the country’s population was estimated to have reached its 100 millionth mark. These babies were called the 100 millionth symbolic babies to symbolize the challenges for the government and institutions to ensure the well-being of every Filipino.

For four years now, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in coordination with the concerned local government units (LGUs) continues to monitor the status of these children. Chonalyn, who is now in Cogeo, Rizal is under the monitoring of POPCOM CALABARZON while Geri Lee in Muntinlupa City and Ahlian in Caloocan City are continously being monitored by POPCOM-NCR.

The role of POPCOM is to ensure that their health needs are monitored through their regular visits in heath center, facilitate their PHILHEALTH registration and coverage, birth registration and access to family planning and RH services for their parents.

Also, part of the agency’s service is the provision of information on responsible parenting to enable the parents to properly guide their children and that their basic rights as children are respected.  

“As duty bearers, we are committed to advocate that every child should be born wanted and that his/her basic rights to avail of the services from the government are ensured to contribute to his/her development,” said POPCOM-NCR Regional Director Lydio M. Espanol, Jr.

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PRESS RELEASE 
February 23, 2018 
Unprecedented Advances in Reproductive Health/Family Planning  as fertility declines to 2.7 in the Philippines  
The Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) released today revealed that fertility of Filipino women declined to statistical average of 2.7 children, down from 3.0 in 2013.  
This decline was associated with an increase in the use of modern family planning (FP) methods by over 40% of currently married women.  
”This is an unprecedented chance for family planning in the last four years which coincided with the first four to five years of implementation of the Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law,” Commission on Population (POPCOM) Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III observed.  
The survey also showed that while more women were using oral contraceptive pills and injectables, Progestin Subdermal Implant (PSI) use was only 1.1%.  
“The effect of the two-year Supreme Court Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on Implants and Contraceptives still rears its head in this survey with lower rates for implants and a less rigorous improvement in the use of oral contraceptives, which were both impacted by the TRO.  

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