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A woman in her reproductive age seeks information about the usage of pills

(Photo courtesy from Rural Health Unit in San Luis, Batangas)

Based on the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), CALABARZON region has reached almost a hundred percent of currently married women ages 15-49 who have heard at least one family planning method and 36% of women 15-49 years old currently used any modern method of family planning. Relatively, almost half or 46% of the population 15-49 years old are not using any modern family planning method.

Moreover, three out of every 10 pregnancies are unplanned or unintended, based on a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) survey. The UNFPA also reported that even if some 214 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy, they risk getting pregnant. This is due to lack of access to family planning methods or absence of support from partners and communities.

According to the study of University of the Philippine Population Institute (UPPI) on “the Potential Impact of the COVID19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Philippines”, the potentially significant impact of the disruption in the delivery of Sexual and Reproductive Health services underscores the need for a sustained provision of essential family planning and maternal health services, and social and protective networks, during the period of quarantine to mitigate any further devastating effects.

To improve awareness on all available contraceptive methods and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health, the World Contraception Day is celebrated every 26th of September yearly. This year’s theme is   “Your Life, Your Choice”.

POPCOM continues its partnership with Bayer, a global enterprise, in bringing the World Contraception Day in the country as an annual movement which aims to provide information and awareness about contraception to young people on how it is important to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) IV-A CALABARZON has extended its campaign on family planning to reach out to more families and individuals in the region through various strategies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

POPCOM CALABARZON Regional Director Angelito Obcena stated that face to face discussion about family planning is still challenging given the current situation. Thus, the use of social media was intensified and mobilized in informing the Filipinos on responsible parenthood and family planning information and services through the partner LGUs who are conducting the house to house visits and providing FP services. POPCOM Helpline was also launched in providing basic information and referrals.

As part of the celebration, POPCOM CALABARZON wants to remind the public that the “POPCOM Helpline” is always available andready to respond any issues and concerns related to Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning, Adolescent Health Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19. In addition, the region came up in producing more materials such as tarpaulins for the promotion of the helpline numbers.

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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 2020-06Release Date:September 23, 2020