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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.  
The Commission on Population and its member agencies continue to focus on the poorest 40% of Filipinos who have the highest unmet need for family planning.  
POPCOM also sees the need to break new ground among workers, farmers, and fisherfolks in urban and rural areas where unmet need in family planning (FP) is highest. 
“The National Family Planning Program needs to be more unified to achieve reduction in unmet need for family planning at a scale that will lead to even greater reduction in fertility by the end of the Duterte Administration in 2022,” Dr. Perez asserted. # 

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