A communication campaign on the prevention of teen pregnancy was recognized for the second time by the Public relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) as one of the best communication programs in the country.
Dubbed as “U4U”, the campaign won five Gold Awards at the 52nd Anvil Awards. With initial funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “U4U” has become the flagship project of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) under its Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program.
- Category: AHYD
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354) gave hope to Filipino women to have safe and planned pregnancies. Childbirth complications that have killed tens of thousands of mothers would be prevented, and women’s lives, saved. Planned pregnancies would enable couples to achieve their desired number of children, and young people to escape the perils of teen-age pregnancy.
Abject poverty has oppressed generations. This is significantly because parents are unable to care and provide for their many children the education and other opportunities necessary to advance in life. The RPRH law gave poor families hope that their dream of a better future can be achieved. These hopes can only be realized if government fully and efficiently implements a comprehensive family planning program as mandated by law.
People rejoiced when the Supreme Court declared RPRH law as constitutional. Government prepared for its full implementation, and purchased needed family planning supplies. However, the SC issued a TRO preventing the Department of Health and its agencies from going full blast on its family planning program. This TRO is based on a petition alleging that all contraceptives are abortifacient, and aimed at having these vital commodities totally banned from the market.
This TRO affects 13.4 million Filipino women. These are the6.1 million presently using contraceptives, and the 7.3 million more who have unmet need for family planning.
Because of this TRO, no new registration for contraceptives can be approved, and when approved, they can be appealed. New legal cases will ensue and delays will continue. Stocks will run out and contraceptives will no longer be available in the market. Even those with money to buy will not anymore have access to these vital commodities.
A total ban on contraceptives will happen.
Because of this TRO, our teen-pregnancy rates, already one of the worst in the world, will further worsen. The future of more of our young people will be jeopardized. For 2016, an estimated 281,170 teen-aged girls will get pregnant. The numbers will soar even higher without contraceptives.
Because of this TRO, more women will die due to preventable pregnancy and child-birth related complications. For this year alone, around 5,042 Filipinas will perish in giving life. This is equivalent to 14 women dying per day. Without contraceptives, more children will be orphaned as more mothers pass away.
Thus, LIFT THE TRO NOW!
SIGN IN AND SAVE LIVES! Go to your nearest municipal, city, provincial or regional POPCOM office.
- Category: RP-FP
San Fernando City, La Union—The Commission on Population celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Heart to H.E.A.R.T campaign for the whole month of February. This intends to share relevant updates and awareness about the prevailing issues that confront the young people today.
The H.E.A.R.T campaign stands for:
E—Early Sexual Encounter
In December 2016, the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) of the Department of Health reported that there were 750 new HIV antibody sero-positive individuals. Most of these cases are among males who belong to the 25-34 year age group while 29% were youth (15-25 y/o) from the recorded cases of 9, 264 including deaths.
- Category: AHYD
January 9, 2017—President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 12 on Attaining and Sustaining “Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning” through the strict implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act. This long fought full implementation of the law has been the battle cry of the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population (POPCOM) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for the longest years.
With the signing of the EO, all mechanisms and strategies for the attainment of a full range access for modern family planning (FP) methods will be intensified and accelerated especially among the poor households by 2018, more if the Implant’s TRO (a subdermal family planning contraceptive) will also be lifted by the Supreme Court.
- Category: RP-FP