FPOP Chapter Manager Elenita S. Veloria (right) and Chapter Nurse Marilou N. Roquita (left) received the 1000 rods of PSI on August 4, 2020 in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Family planning is a crucial health service that needs to be sustained and continued in any type of calamity, be it human or man-made. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that the provision of family planning information and services, aimed at helping couples achieve their desired number of children and preventing unintended pregnancies, are not affected by it.

On that front, the Commission on Population and Development-Region I (POPCOM-I) has partnered with the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) and the Private Birthing Home Association of the Philippines (PBHAP), two Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the provision of family planning services and distribution of family planning commodities in the province of Pangasinan.

Under the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), POPCOM had provided 1,000 rods of the Progestin Sub-dermal Implant (PSI) and 50 vials of Depomedroxy Progesterone Acetate (DMPA) to FPOP while another 1,000 rods were given to PBHAP for use in family planning/reproductive health facility-based or outreach programs, activities, and projects. As part of the forged agreement, POPCOM shall monitor and assess the proper distribution and use of the distributed FP commodities through their submission of Form 1.

The delivery of these commodities ensured that the stocks of the primary health care facilities such as barangay health stations and rural health units were replenished, ensuring that FP services will not be uninterrupted during this time of community quarantine. The FP commodities shall be distributed for free to eligible beneficiaries /recipients.

The said agreements were signed on August 20, 2020 for the PBHAP and September 17, 2020 for the FPOP.

Press Release No. 2020-17
Release Date: September 30, 2020