With the theme “Serbisyong Pangkalahatan tungo sa Planadong Kinabukasan,” the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and Department of Health (DOH) join in the celebration of this year’s Family Planning (FP) Month by centering on the attainment of a better quality of life for the mother, the father, and the family as a whole.

Family Planning is a key element/strategy in promoting the overall health and well-being of the population. Enabling couples and individuals to have their desired number, timing, and spacing of children within the context of responsible parenthood and informed choice and volunteerism can help them plan their families and contribute to poverty reduction and socio-economic development of the country.

In the Ilocos region, from January-July 2019, 28,668 couples of reproductive age have been reached through various demand generation activities such as the conduct of Mothers’ Class, USAPAN series, and Pre-Marriage Orientation and Counseling (PMOC) to accelerate efforts to raise awareness and access of people to various family planning methods. Out of the 28,668 couples identified, 5,983 couples or 100% who have unmet need for modern family planning have been referred/served.

Pills, injectables, and subdermal implants are the most commonly used FP methods in the region from January-July 2019. On the other hand, modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods such as Cervical Mucus Method (CMM), Basal Body Temperature (BBT), and Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) have the lowest number of users. This data reveals that most couples and individuals prefer to use the modern artificial methods than the natural ones.

As part of the government’s commitment to empower the Filipino families, POPCOM continues to support the celebration of the FP month through the conduct of various activities to reach its target audience to further address unmet need for modern FP methods.