“VAW-free community starts with me”, the 18-Day Campaign to End Gender-based Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 around the globe. Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 declares the support of the Philippine Government which goal is to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women.
This annual event emphasizes that Violence Against Women (VAW) is a human right violation. It further envisions a world free from all forms of violence against women and girls suppressing issues like human trafficking, rape, sexual harassment and other situations in conflict and calamity.
With this year’s theme, the campaign gives emphasis on our continuous pursuit of achieving a VAW-free community through everyone’s commitment and contributions to ending VAW.
“ME” can be viewed from various perspectives—of a woman/girl, a man/boy, a government agency or local government unit, an academe/training institutions in empowering the rights of women, speaking out of any committed violations, and engaging oneself in the protection of human rights of all women.
Never commit, condone and remain silent about VAW. Seek help, report and spread the word of freedom from VAW. (by: Maria Cristina F. Martinez)
- Category: GAD
San Fernando City, La Union—POPCOM Regional Office-I celebrates POPDEV Week on November 23-29, 2016 with the theme: “Achieve: Tamang Laki ng Pamilyang Pilipino”
POPDEV Week is celebrated yearly in recognition of the different programmatic and strategic interventions of POPCOM in attaining healthy, empowered and quality life among Filipino families within the scope of the Philippine Population Management Program.
Region I’s population as of December 2015 has reached 5, 052, 994, according to the Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) of the Department of Health (DOH) based on the 2010 Census of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
While the total population of Region 1 has increased from the year 2014-2015, a significant 7.1% increase from 48.96% in 2014 to 56.15% in 2015 was also noted in the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) or the percentage of women of reproductive age (15-49 y/o) or of sexual partner who are currently using at least one family planning method.
The various family planning programs of POPCOM have vastly influenced and altered the couples’ reproductive health-seeking behavior and attitude in achieving a better quality of life. This is a positive response towards development and socio-economic sustainability in the region. (by: Maria Cristina F. Martinez/POPCOM-I)
- Category: POPDEV
OCTOBER 10, 2016
The struggle for the full and unrestrained implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 (RA 10354) has reached a crucial level today as the Department of Health contests the recent Supreme Court decision of August 24, 2016 by filing a motion for reconsideration before the highest court. The SC decision, if uncontested, could put to a halt the most effective methods of the Family Planning program which is being implemented by the DOH and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) through local government units and civil society nationwide and lead to increased mortality and morbidity among women and infants.
“If carried out, the SC decision could result in over 900 additional maternal deaths every year arising from almost 1 million unintended pregnancies that could have been addressed by the full implementation of the Family Planning Program,” POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III asserted. “This would mean a 30% rise in maternal deaths in the country,” Dr Perez said.
Although the RH Law was passed in 2012 and its IRR approved in March 2013, there have been restraints through TROs on its implementation for 28 months in the last 3 and a half years.
President Rodrigo Duterte called for the full implementation of the law in his SONA as late as last July. The DOH’s National Implementation Team (NIT) for the RH Law headed by former Secretary Esperanza Cabral had recommended an Executive Order that would accelerate the implementation of the law through community-based, house to house campaigns to reach out to the 4 million women and men who wanted to avail of the program.
“Those who opposed the law in the legislative arena are now trying to reverse the judgment of history through backdoor judicial dilatory tactics, but the millions of Filipinos who stand to benefit from the law will surely bring all of this to an end. The inevitable deaths of hundreds of women and unborn infants will surely haunt those who want to undo an essential public health program,” Dr. Perez stated.
The Commission on Population has headed the Secretariat of the RH Law National Implementation Team (NIT) since January, 2015. In its annual reports, the NIT has noted the steady progress of the law’s implementation as the number of women and men using modern family planning methods have increased from 38% in 2013 to 43% in 2015. However, the TRO on the popular progesterone subdermal implant (PSI) since June 2015 has hampered the further expansion of the family planning program.
The Supreme Court has also stopped the re-registration of current contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) since June, 2015. This has led to the withdrawal from the market (and family planning program) of 14 out of 48 registered contraceptives in the country. New contraceptives are also effectively barred by the SC TRO.
“By the end of 2017, more than half of the contraceptives will lose their registration and Filipino consumers will be faced with more expensive products while the government will also be limited in the choice of methods to procure. This is certainly a far cry from the expectations of the people in 2012 when the law was approved by the people’s legislators,” Dr. Perez stressed.
The Commission on Population called on the Supreme Court to reverse its decision and lift the TRO and allow the unrestrained implementation of RA 10354.
- Category: RP-FP
With the growing number of population in the country today, health and basic social services are compromised—If not adequately served, many people are not being reached. Social and environmental pressures such as unmanaged population, rising teenage pregnancies, poverty, malnutrition, poor health, low productivity, unsafe water, poor waste management, flooding and natural disasters, and climate change are among the many threaten long-term prospects for sustainable development. This situation limits the people from enjoying a quality life where resources are abundant and free from health threats. Factors such as technology, culture, tradition, religion and values are among those that alter the way people affect and get affected by the environment.
On its second year, POPCOM conducted a regional film festival to in-school youth covering public and private schools. The film highlighted the theme, “Kabataan, Kalusugan, Kalikasan: Magkaugnay” which incorporates the inherent link of the environment, health and development which are often affected negatively by threats such as population pressures and poverty.
The students, being one of the key players and targets of the PHE efforts are the best actors to influence bigger population as Director Erma R. Yapit quoted, “You (students) can make better decisions, you can make a CHANGE!
Through maintaining a healthy balance among these three dimensions (PHE), the surroundings will be clean and healthy; there will be sufficient food and resources for all; and people will then be well-nourished and healthy, and live a longer life. (MCM)
- Category: AHYD