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POPCOM, DSWD, govt agencies: Families must be shielded vs economic woes, unplanned pregnancy and violence stemming from pandemic

The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other government partners, appealed on all sectors of society to work together in securing Filipino families against economic difficulties, unplanned pregnancies and gender-based violence during this time of the pandemic, as the country observes the 28th National Family Week (NFW) from September 21 to 27 with the theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

Sharing the common mandate of the development for the basic unit and structure of Philippine society, POPCOM and DSWD underscore the strengthening of Filipino families against outside forces which result to the loss of income, employment and livelihood, unplanned pregnancy, as well as internal ones that unsuspectingly creep from within, such as domestic violence.

“Due to community quarantine, many families experienced unprecedented changes in their ways of life because of the challenges posed by COVID 19” Regional Director Angelito Obcena said. “We need to protect the Filipino families from elements that put pressure on its stability, especially those who are affected by COVID19.”

Threats from families’ economic activities, and even the individual security and safety may emanate from external forces such as those borne from the virus as well as online in nature, there are also those which may also come from within, especially among members themselves.

Stronger together: The situation imposed by COVID-19 is unique in itself, forcing family members to stay at home, it should be a welcome opportunity for them to build stronger bonds, and also break barriers with their adolescent children to discuss matters and topics such as sexuality, responsible parenthood, family planning, and the like to create an open communication between and their adolescent children.

RD Obcena also reminded the couples that the practice of family planning would help in improving the quality of life of Filipino. He also urged the partner agencies and organizations to remain vigilant on domestic violent incidences, especially on women and children, that can lead to sexual abuse

POPCOM CALABARZON monitored the reach of social media page by posting and sharing infographics on ways families can cope with Covid-19, encouraging them to maximize their free time and to strengthen indoor bonds as the pandemic takes place. The materials also included the POPCOM Helpline which helps the couples, adolescents, and individuals to right of information on responsible parenthood and family planning, adolescent health and development and gender-based violence.

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About POPCOM: The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) is the country’s lead organization in population management for well-planned and empowered Filipino families and communities. POPCOM aims to empower Filipino individuals, families and communities by enabling them to achieve their fertility intentions, prevent adolescent pregnancies, and consciously consider population factors in sustainable development initiatives.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Contact Person:Harold M. DavidTel.No.(02) 650-4698
Email Add:harold.david@popcom.gov.phMobile No.:(0917) – 808 7970
Website:rpo4a.popcom.gov.ph  
Press Release No.RPO4PR 2020-07Release Date:September 23, 2020