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Friday, August 28, 2015

LGU Naga reconvenes City’s Natural Family Planning Council

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, August 28 (PIA) --- the city government here has recently reconstituted the Naga City Natural Family Planning Council (NCNFPC) to further strengthen family planning program to address essential issues on the growing socio-demographic problem and ensure that the health needs of every family are met.

The establishment of the council, pursuant to Executive Order No. 2014-037 signed by Bongat in 2014, also aims to address women’s health concerns and enjoin members of the community to support the call to consider modern natural family planning (NFP) as another effective option for couples.

In a meeting held last Thursday, councilor Cecilia “Nene” V. De Asis, co-chair of the NCNFPC, said that the reconstitution of the NCNFPC hopes to share programs on family planning and the idea of unifying the council’s efforts and commitments with the members of the community.

In a report presented during the meeting, De Asis emphasized that the collaborative efforts of the council already gained behavioral change among couples as indicated by the rising new acceptors of modern NFP from 1,095 couples in 2003 to 2,749 couples in 2014.

De Asis added that before the creation of NCNFPC, most of the acceptors are using the traditional method like rhythm and withdrawal.

Since its launching on December 6 last year, NCNFPC has already conducted several programs, such as; trainings and seminars, consultative meetings, NFP Counseling and Service Delivery, production of IEC materials, such as; stickers, book markers, and IEC materials.

Though there is no existing legislation that binds the members of the NCNFPC, the city mayor and the local legislative body consistently provided financial support for the regular conduct of project activities each year.

The Naga City Population and Nutrition Offices take the lead in coordinating and ensuring the implementation of all planned activities.

However, in 2011, the council became inactive as some council members were either transferred to other posts or reassigned in other areas.

With the reconstitution of the NCNFPC, De Asis requested council members to formulate programs and projects to carry out its vision and mission. A Planning-Workshop for the Council members has been scheduled tentatively October 5, solely for this purpose.

The Naga City Natural Family Planning Council was created under the administration of the late former Mayor Jesse M. Robredo.  It is a non-sectarian and non-government arm of the City of Naga responsible to educate the community on Natural Family Planning, and tasked to create and formulate programs and structures that will bring about in a society a human family that protects life and family values. (MAL/LSM, with reports from JCM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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