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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

POPCOM asks civil society to conduct family planning classes

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY,  May 31 (PIA) – In response to the huge increase in population in Bicol, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in the region is stepping up efforts in reproductive education, asking civil society organizations (CSO) to embark on ‘responsible parenthood and family planning’ (RPFP) classes and engagements.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Bicol region’s population increased from 5,420, 411 to 5, 796, 989 between 2010 and 2015. It shows a growth rate of 1.72% for a five-year period, a tentatively significant increase from the 1.90% between 2000 and 2010 (ten-year period).

This population increase has caused concerns to POPCOM, which raised the problem during a meeting of Bicol’s Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) in Daraga, Albay last May 25. According to POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellara, this increase is attributed to unawareness on proper family planning method and teen pregnancy.

As a solution to this, POPCOM is appealing to CSOs to join their reproductive education by conducting RP-FP classes.

According to POPCOM, interested CSOs are welcome to approach the RP-FP in-charge of their office. However, the CSO must have an orientation related to reproductive health like those in the medical and social field.

Interested CSOs must qualify for accreditation from POPCOM and COA. To qualify, they must submit pertinent documents, including their track record for the past three years, financial reports and list of personnel available for the engagements.

Once accredited, the CSO would be signing a memorandum of agreement with POPCOM. They will be provided training and mobilization allowance for the activities, including forms and modules for the classes. Each RP-FP class must have 10 couples in attendance per target community.

In accordance with the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, the assistance and contribution of CSOs are recognized in order to achieve universal access to reproductive health by the public. (EAD/JBE/PIA5 Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464664469/popcom-asks-civil-society-to-conduct-family-planning-classes#sthash.70XCVWiC.dpuf

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