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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
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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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Jennifer Sta.Teresa, Maricel Gaduyo and Janiva Mateo are current modern family planning (FP) users who wanted to plan the number and spacing of their children. Becoming mothers during their teen years, their lives revolve around being a mother whose daily tasks are focused on attending to the needs of the children. They also share the same sentiments on motherhood from the difficulties of conceiving, pregnancy, giving birth and to the rearing their children which explain their need for contraception so as not to have another child soon.
We first reached out to Jennifer, 22 with two kids aged 5 and 3. She has been on implant since 2015. She first started with pills six months after giving birth to her first child who is now five years old.
When she learned about implant as a family planning contraceptive, she inquired with the health center where she usually gets her FP supply. Having decided to change her method to relieve her worry on missing out a pill, she was referred to Friendly Care for counseling on implant and for service provision.
Since then, she never got to worry on missed pills or on supply stock outs at the health center. She is also very happy to learn that with implant, she gets three full years of protection.
Jennifer’s pregnancies were considered high-risks. She first gave birth at 18 and another at 20 when her body was not ready for too early and too soon pregnancies. In both pregnancies, she suffered prolonged labor and excessive bleeding. The thought of going through another delivery gives her shivers. The only thing she could think of right now is not to have another baby for it may lead her to complications or worse, to death.
Injectable helps achieve desired birth spacing
With Maricel, 29 years old and a mother to four kids aged 12,10, 5 and a one-year old baby, injectable was what she considers best for her. For her first two kids, she initially tried natural family planning (NFP) methods such as lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) and basal body. However, the demands of work and motherhood had taken a toll on her which made compliance to NFP methods truly difficult. This resulted to the conception of her second child two years after giving birth to her first child. With injectable, she achieved the proper spacing she wanted with her third and youngest child with age gaps of more than four years.
During the interview, she politely asked to leave for a while. We saw her go over to a pile of mangoes. “Nagtitinda ako ng mangga, pandagdag sa maliit na kita ni mister” (I’m selling mangoes to augment my husband’s meager income), she explained. She showed us the twenty peso bills and coins she earned from selling mangoes though she said may not be enough to feed six members of her family, more so if they add another member to their family.
With classes starting soon, she also expressed her dismay on the increasing costs of school supplies, bags, shoes, and uniforms as well as the daily transportation costs of her kids. She values education but with four kids to send to school, at times she had considered asking her eldest child to stop schooling and just help in earning additional income for the family.
Having learned about the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) worried Maricel. She knows that while the TRO is still in effect, specifically on the registration, recertification, procurement and administration of contraceptives, including the two brands of implant, Implanon and Implanon NXT, there would possibly be more unplanned pregnancies to which kids will be deprived of proper nutrition, education and attention of parents.
Maricel and her husband have already decided to settle with 4 kids. For now, she relies on her supply of injectables from the health center. She fears that if the TRO will not be lifted, the supply of her chosen contraceptive method, along with other with other methods will soon be gone and will result to more unplanned pregnancies.
Family planning options for a teenage mom
Janiva’s case was not at all different. At age 25, she already has 3 children. She had her firstborn at the age of 15, her second child was when she was 17 and her youngest came out of when she was 21. For her first child, she tried on LAM as her means of contraception. But due to lack of proper information on LAM , she practiced it for a year which resulted to her next pregnancy just a year after her first child. During her visits to the health center, she was advised to use the pill which is freely given in government health facilities. However, she was not satisfied with the daily routines of the pills, even attributing it to her weight gain.
Eventually, she shifted to injectable to which she is now a satisfied user. Besides it being offered for free at the health center, it makes her feel safe for three full months. When asked if she wanted to have another child, she answered, “Hindi na po. Sapat na sa aming mag-asawa ang tatlo. (Not anymore. My husband and I are good with three kids.)”
Janiva is fully aware that her fertile years are far from over and her chances of conceiving again is much likely to happen again. But for now, her family planning choices are dependent on what the government has to offer in the public health facilities. Without these free pills, injectables or implant, her ability to plan for herself and for her family is at stake.
The stories of Jennifer, Maricel and Janiva are just few of the many that show how family planning creates a better life for everyone. They are one with the other women who rally for the SC to lift the TRO on family planning and clamor for their reproductive rights to be respected and not to be deprived of the kind of life they wanted for their family.###
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“The need to address increasing teenage pregnancy is there and we can’t be mum about it.”
Those were the words of Mrs. Joji R. Fernando, Principal of San Rafael National High School (SRNHS) in Navotas City as she explained the relevance of the series of TeenChat on Adolescent Health and Youth Development conducted in their school as part of their Friendzone Program.