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). ###