Central Luzon couples urged to undergo family planning
Couples in Central Luzon were encouraged by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) to avail themselves of family planning (FP) services to manage the projected population boom in the region amid the pandemic.
In a Philippine Information Agency report, POPCOM Regional Director Lourdes Nacionales underscored that part of the agency’s Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDP) is the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP).
The program enables and empowers couples to make family planning decisions to have well-managed families, and ensure their personal and family needs are met.
“Our strategy is demand generation for family planning,” Nacionales said.
“For RPFP, we work in collaboration with DOH [Department of Health] because our local population creates the demand for FP… We have to explain it to the people, to individuals, for them to know that the government has this project, and it is for free,” she said.
The official said correct information and informed FP choices are key in avoiding unplanned pregnancies as this would capacitate couples to ensure their health, financial stability, and other social protections toward building resilient families and communities.
Family planning services for women include the oral pills, long-acting injectables, implants, intra-uterine devices, and the bilateral tubal ligation which is a permanent method.
“Even though there is a pandemic, DOH and POPCOM decided to distribute these [FP service] on a house-to-house basis. Our service providers on the ground went on the houses so that they could provide to the current users their needed supply to prevent unintended pregnancies,” Nacionales said.
POPCOM is also pushing for the non-scalpel vasectomy as a RPFP method for men, apart from the use of condoms.
“Remember, a man would not lose his masculinity when he get vasectomized. In fact, he will be more manly and lively because he knows that when he engages into sexual intercourse with his wife, there will be no chance of an unintended pregnancy,” Nacionales said.
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