The USeP’s Gender and Development (GAD) Office through the Commission on Population Region XI (PopCom) conducted an orientation on Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) at the University Hostel Dining Hall last March 3, 2020.
Selected USeP heads of units and offices and faculty members attended the said orientation where they discussed future collaborative activities aligned to the PPMP Directional Plan 2017-2022 and in the context of RP-RH Law. One strategic plan of the PPMP is to strengthen the implementation of their programs through building inter-sectoral partnerships, thus encouraging USeP to collaborate.
Mr. Moises F. Villacorta, Information Officer III of PopCom Region XI, discussed on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) as well as issues related to sexual and reproductive health and fertility. Mr. Villacorta emphasized that couples should realize their desired timing, spacing and number of children in the context of responsible parent-hood and informed choices. He noted this as an important factor in achieving the goal of RPFP which is to attain and sustain zero unmet need for modern family planning.
With the rising number of teenage pregnancy in the country, Ms. Maria Linadores M. Delicana, Assistant Regional Director of PopCom Region XI, addressed the issue and discussed Adolescent Health and Development (AHD). Ms. Delicana added that PopCom, who supports Senate Bill 161 – an act providing for a national policy in preventing teenage pregnancies, institutionalizing social protection for teenage parents and providing funds, aims to request an executive order declaring the rising number of teenage pregnancy as a national emergency.
With this, Ms. Cherly B. Amor, Information Officer II of PopCOm Region XI, introduced the following programs of the commission that the University may take part in: RP-RH classes where couples are given pre-marriage orientations and counseling in the context of the RP-FP Law; capacity building for training volunteers and RPFP facilitators and service providers; and Peer Education where students will be provided with critical information about adolescent health, sexuality and reproductive health.
On behalf of PopCom Region XI, Ms. Maria Linadores M. Delicana expressed her gratitude to the USeP heads of units and offices and faculty members who attended the event for their support to the endeavours of the commission in the University.
This activity is part of the University’s celebration of the 2020 National Women’s Month.