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Regional Director's Corner

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       LYDIO M. ESPAÑOL, JR.
Indeed, 2016 is a challenging year for us. A new administration, under the leadership of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, posed a challenge for the attainment of “zero unmet need for modern family planning” to all concerned agencies. This challenge is for the full implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 otherwise known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. Unmet need for modern family planning refers to women capable of becoming pregnant and giving birth who are not using contraception but wish to postpone their next childbirth or stop childbearing altogether.

As the lead agency in implementing the Philippine Population Management Program in Regions IV-CALABARZON, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region IV is ready to take the challenge.

This website showcases the various demand generation activities, which include orientations and trainings of POPCOM Region IV for its Local Government Units, partner agencies and civil society organizations.

There are a number of ways to respond to President Duterte's directive and these activities are just some of them. Although trials and hurdles are very much a part of the journey towards success, POPCOM Region IV, being an organization that works for the empowerment of Filipino families, is ready to face this task head on.

Let's continue to empower more Filipino families and communities!

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KATROPABy Mia Laarni Nacionales
Masculine. Audacious. Cocky. Dauntless. These are just some of the stereotypical responses of people when they see a group of motorcycling riders hovering the streets. Fair enough? Maybe, but if you are on the receiving end, those opinions are not exactly that appealing to the ears.

This is one of the main reasons why Mr. Aries Mendoza, President of Naked Wolves-Philippines, deemed it important that the members of his riders group become advocates of Male Responsibility on Gender And Development-Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (MR GAD KATROPA). The said program is one of POPCOM’s strategies to reach out to the male population and open their minds to the duties and responsibilities attached with being the head of the household and/or being a male in the family/community as a whole.

Through Mr. Mendoza’s communication with Ms. Marilyn F. Ogaya, along with the support of Regional Director Lydio M. Español, Jr. and GAD focal person Ms. Cheryl Marie A. Malayang, the orientation on MR GAD-KATROPA for Naked Wolves-Philippines was made possible. The activity was conducted last August 20-21, 2016 at Caliraya Laguna. It was attended by the Naked Wolves-Philippines motorcycling riders together with their official back-riders, usually their spouse. A total of sixty (60) participants attended the activity (45 males, 15 females) with the objective targeted on capacitating the group of riders with the ability to recognize gender issues and identify the different perceptions and interests arising from their various social positions and gender roles. The design of the two-day activity was a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions wherein the male participants were separated from the female participants at one point.

The Gender and Development Program of the Commission on Population (POPCOM)

Program Manager - Rosa R. Fortaleza - Regional Director, RPO CAR

The Gender and Development Program of the Commission on Population is anchored both on the international commitments and local laws. The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on 3 September 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states.

The Convention defines discrimination against women as "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field."

The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) articulated a bold new vision about the relationships between population, development and individual well-being. At the ICPD in Cairo, 179 countries adopted a forward-looking, 20-year Programme of Action (PoA) that continues to serve as a comprehensive guide to people-centred development progress. The Philippines was among the 179 signatory countries that supported the ICPD PoA.

The ICPD Programme of Action was remarkable in its recognition that reproductive health and rights, as well as women's empowerment and gender equality, are cornerstones of population and development programmes (www.unfpa.org).

For the Philippines, one major accomplishment was the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Bill into law in 2013. POPCOM serves as the secretariat and co-chair of the National/Regional Implementation Team (N/RIT).

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action that was approved in September 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women, is a global pledge to attaining equality, development and peace for women worldwide. It requires all governments to develop policies and national plans of action to implement the Platform locally. As part of the accomplishment of the Government of the Philippines was the mandatory provision of at least 5% of the total budget be allotted to the Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives.

The Magna Carta of Women. The enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) has been regarded nationally and internationally as a significant milestone in the empowerment of Filipino women. The law provides and entrenched women’s rights particularly among those who are marginalized, underserved, and discriminated.

As of today, the law is being implemented through the leadership of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) with the institutional support and collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) particularly for the localization and monitoring of the provisions of the Magna Carta. Capacity building and appropriate institutional mechanisms have been set in place for the mobilization of DILG and LGUs in the implementation of the Magna Carta specifically at the local level.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 addresses extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. The Commission on Population (POPCOM), as the policy making and coordinating body in the implementation of the population program has developed the six-year Philippine Population Management Program Directional Plan (PPMP DP) wherein GAD as a cross cutting issue is included in all its three (3) major program components, namely: Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD), and Population and Development (PopDev). Furthermore, POPCOM is the monitoring arm in tracking down the progress of the MDGs, specifically target #5 – Maternal Health as well as of the accomplishments of the RPRH Law. Based on the above-cited premises, these gender issues and other relevant concepts are likewise explicitly integrated in the PPMP’s training and communication tools and materials. POPCOM is continuously attending capacity building for its officials and employees as well as conducting programs, projects and activities. To date, initiatives like Men’s Responsibilities in Gender and Development (MR GAD) and Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) are the banner programs of POPCOM in advocating GAD. The MR GAD is an initiative that took-off as a research with intervention initiatives on “Filipino Men and Domestic Violence” by the Health Management and Research Group Foundation, Inc. (HMRG) in Davao City. The project evolved into a good practice which intended to transform pilot communities to become more responsive to gender and RH concerns of men and boys. The engagement involved the conduct of FGDs among married men from the urban and rural areas. Its management and implementation is being made through by men champions and advocates who believe in the gender equality and that promoting gender equality should start among men and boys at the barangay level. The project employs various strategies such as: men-talking-to men; counselling; medico-legal assistance; passage and support of gender related policies and ordinances among others. All these would result to rational attitudinal and behavioural change among men. The objectives are (1) to harness the influence and respectability of men in key positions in the communities to advocate reforms in gender and reproductive health (RH) and become gender and RH champions; (2) to improve the handling and processing of the victims and doers of violence by community-based service providers; and (3) to improve the gender and RH knowledge and skills of the different NGOs.

The KATROPA or Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya is an aspiration or movement which aims to shape and change men as responsible individuals, parents, and partners for the development of their family and the community. It is advancing innovative views on the role and responsibility of men in society with emphasis on their ability to be responsible for their decisions and advocate of health for themselves and their families; family planning, healthy and safe pregnancy of their wife or partner, and active participation in the development of the society. Every man forged innovative insight into the real man; he would be expected to be an advocate of change in his own family, peers, and the entire community.

For the past years, POPCOM has conducted its first knowledge, attitude and practices (KAPs) survey to all POPCOM employees nationwide. The results were the bases for the continuing effort of GAD mainstreaming initiatives within POPCOM through the development of advocacy materials, projects, activities and programs that are gender-sensitive.

In 2015, POPCOM has conducted GAD sensitive activities for the furtherance of the knowledge and capacity of its personnel and providing technical assistance to our partners, both national and local, to help them understand and conduct their own GAD PPAs, such as:

  1. Orientation on MR GAD and KATROPA initiatives to local partners
  2. Initiatives related to MR GAD or KATROPA that were localized: MENTAKO of Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); JR GAD in region XI; ITAY in region IV
  3. GAD Assembly: Discussions and activities serve as orientation for new employees or refresher course for the old ones
  4. Knowledge Sharing on areas with GAD best practices
  5. Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) for beginners
  6. Pilot tested the GAD KAP Survey Questionnaire

Likewise, POPCOM has produced its draft of the Tool Kit to mainstream GAD concerns in the Philippine Population Management Program: Tool Kit for Gender Responsive Population Strategies (GR PopS). Series of content validation activities were conducted in four (4) areas: Luzon – CAR and Baler, Aurora; Visayas – Cebu; and Mindanao – Cagayan de Oro. The Tool Kit will serve as the standardized reference for POPCOM trainers to advocate GAD within the context of the PPMP. It is plan to be launched in March 2016.

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