The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Region III ensures couples and families continued access to family planning services amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases and the reimposition of stricter quarantine measures in the region.

Under Resolution 106 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID), Central Luzon was directed to implement immediate stringent measures including the limitation of interzonal mobility and non-essential travels.

According to POPCOM III Regional Director Lourdes Nacionales, the recent pronouncements on quarantine measures will not interrupt the provision of  Reproductive Health Care in the region. She noted that access to family planning services is needed now more than ever as unplanned and unwanted pregnancies could bear more weight to families in this time of crisis. She further added that the agency (POPCOM III) together with its partner Local Government Units (LGUs) will exert all efforts to ensure continued supply of family planning commodities and FP services at the local level. 

As such, POPCOM Region III has enjoined all Provincial, Municipal and City Population Offices through their respective population officers and workers to ensure continuous access to RH Care especially among continuing FP users to avoid drop-outs on contraceptive use. LGUs  shall ensure that FP services are not disrupted by means of resupplying Modern Family Planning (MFP) methods limited to pills and condoms among MFP users through the barangay population volunteers who are situated in their respective local health centers. While pills and condoms may be delivered to households, other modern family planning methods such as injectables, implants and intrauterine devices or IUDs may still be availed in the health centers. 

Alongside given measures, POPCOM Region III also designated various channels such as the regional FP hotline [SMART (+63) 943 572 9488, GLOBE (+63) 936 290 5209] and its official Facebook Page (OfficialPOPCOMRegionIII) to continue to cater to those who have queries on FP information and services. 

Earlier, RD Nacionales emphasized that family planning —especially during situations when persons are asked to stay indoors—should always be accessed and practiced. “Couples and individuals should keep family planning in mind as they try to maintain their overall health and well-being inside their respective homes”.

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Press Release No.PR-2021-04Release Date:April 8, 2020