This year’s commemoration of the family planning month for the month of August is quite timely and relevant. Mandated to attain the Philippine Population Management Program’s vision of having well-planned, happy, healthy, and empowered Filipino families, the Commission on Population is enjoining all government agencies, local government units, media, and other stakeholders to focus on the message of this year’s theme on the FP Month, “Ang Pamilyang Pilipino: Kapag Planado, Panalo.” ( 2015 Family Planning Month Banner )
One major area of concern on family planning is the existence of unmet need among Filipino Families, most particularly the mothers. As defined by the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey by the Philippine Statistics Authority, unmet need refers to “fecund women who are not using contraception but who wish to postpone the next birth (spacing) or stop childbearing altogether (limiting).”
Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region III shall celebrate the first birthday of the symbolic 100 Millionth Pinoys of Central Luzon on July 27, 2015, a year after the search and awarding of the symbolic babies.
According to Region III Director Eleanor Cura, the first birthday celebration of the symbolic babies coming from the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, as well as the City of San Fernando, Pampanga shall be held simultaneously in their respective local governments.
Each symbolic baby shall receive a gift pack and cash gift from POPCOM Region III amounting to ten thousand pesos, along with assistance provided by POPCOM’s partner agencies.
The Commission on Population Region III is enjoining all government agencies, local government units, and other concerned organizations in Central Luzon in the celebration of the 2015 World Population Day. ( 2015 World Population Day Banner )
Themed “Dignity and Protection of Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies,” the 2015 WPD focuses on women, children, and young people who comprise over three quarters of the over 50 million people.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the above-mentioned sectors of the world’s population are forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and disasters, much like the other members of society. However, women, children and adolescents are also vulnerable to situations such as greater risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, violence, forced marriage and reproductive health-related illnesses due to lack of protection and an absence of delivery to address their needs. These lead to high infant and maternal mortality rates, increase of teenage pregnancy cases, and high incidence of sexually transmitted infections including HIV and AIDS.
“Think big. Start small. Act now.”
“K2Talk!” or “Kabataang Kapampangan, Talk!” is an inter-personal activity for the youth by the youth using media (audio video presentations) as a catalyst for discussion on preventing early sexual encounters. Initially designed to be a school-based event for 15-17 year old students from Angeles City, K2Talk has now reached more than 300 adolescents. And with the initiative of the local government unit, it is expected to reach around 2,000 in-school and out-of-school youth before the year ends.