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The joint efforts of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Health (DOH) to push further the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act (RPRH Law) has been realized with the signing of the Executive Order (EO) on “Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning” last January 9, 2017.

This order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary to attain and sustain “zero unmet need for modern family planning” for all poor households by 2018, and all of Filipinos thereafter. It also enjoins three key national government agencies DOH, Commission on Population (POPCOM) and Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) and all local government units to accelerate mechanisms and strategies to attain the said purpose through the strict implementation of the RPRH Law.

Mandated to support the EO are eight national government agencies namely: DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Youth Commission, National Economic and Development Authority, DILG, Philippine Commission on Women, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and POPCOM.

“The TRO affects 7.3 million Filipino women, most of which belong to the lowest wealth quintile with high unmet need for Family Planning,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been vocal about the need for Family Planning program in the country and even stressed the full implementation of the RPRH Law in his first State of the Nation Address.

"The implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect so that couples, especially the poor, will have freedom of informed choice in the number and spacing of children they can adequately care and provide for, eventually making them more productive members of the labor force,” he said.

The EO defined unmet need as “couples and women who are fecund and sexually active and want to limit or space their children but are not using any modern method of contraception.”

This gap between a woman’s intention to use and her contraceptive behavior are being hindered by many factors; one of which is the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court in 2015 banning Implanon and Implanon NXT, a form of subdermal implant that inhibit ovulation for up to three years.

Where there are many challenges that hamper our population management programs, the EO on unmet need strives to redeem our long fought RPRH Law victory and push forth our desire to achieve happy, healthy and empowered Filipino families.

The Philippine population will continue to increase in 2017 and is projected to reach 105,758,850 by December 31, 2017, based on projections made by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) using data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Included in the projection are 27,293,422 women of reproductive age (aged 15-49). These women are usually the beneficiaries of Reproductive Health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

Adolescent girls 10-19 years old will also increase to 10,080,824 next year. Based on the most recent data from the PSA (2014), it is expected that over 200,000 adolescent girls will give birth in 2017.

The figures for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls continue to be the highest numbers on record. This trend is expected to continue up to 2022 when the numbers of women of reproductive age are expected to peak at 29.1 million and adolescent girls at 11.3 million.

“The continuing increase in population is due to relatively high fertility rates of Filipino women which is 3 children on average; however, 11 of the 17 regions show higher fertility rates than the national average. ARMM, Bicol and Western Visayas continue to have rates ranging from 3.8 in Western Visayas to 4.1 in Bicol and 4.2 in ARMM,” Executive Director Juan A. Perez III of POPCOM noted.

Other population trends being tracked by POPCOM for 2017 are number of schoolchildren which are expected to rise to 31.5 million, labor force of 66.7 million and population over 65 years old at 5.2 million. 

Based on the number of births in 2014 reported by PSA, there were 3.33 Filipinos born every minute that year. More males than females were born with 1.02 males born for every female.

Based on PSA projections of 1,691,897 births in 2017, the number of Filipinos born per minute will go down to 3.22 births per minute next year.

COTABATO CITY– Koronadal City National Comprehensive High School (KNCHS) with its film Pangandoy sa Panganod won Best Film (1st Place) during the Regional Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Film Festival on November 3, 2016 at Sun City Suites, General Santos City.

Among the nine (9) film entries for the Regional AHYD Film Festival, Pangandoy sa Panganod garnered the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Poster, and Best Trailer Award. The cast also won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Award. Coming in second place for the Best film was Megkedegkit by President Roxas High School, Cotabato Province who also won the Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Scoring, Best Supporting Actress and Best Production Design. Danlag na Bulak, by Ireneo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas, General Santos City got the Best Film – third place.

Other film entries were Modernong Magdalena of Notre Dame Siena College of Tacurong, Dilaw of Alabel National Science High School, Pilak of Esperanza National High School, Rolly! Nga logi. Of Tboli National High School, Tuklod of Kidapawan City National High School and Maskara of Cotabato City National High School – Rojas Campus. Trophies and cash prizes were awarded to the winners and consolation prizes were also given to the finalists.

Pangandoy sa Panganod is a countryside film that follows the story of a 15 year-old boy full of high hopes that one day he will reach the skyline and soar to his dreams. Buknoy (Michael Ancheta) shares his dreams and ambitions to Kiko (James Carl Aries), his younger brother who is suffering from multiple illnesses. Buknoy was then torn apart by missing the opportunity to fulfil his dreams when his mother nang Diding (Princess Kentana Macabuat) who fails to understand what he wants, stops him from going to school due to financial problems and his brother’s disability and instead forced him to work. It highlights one of the biggest problems of youth empowerment in the country, where adolescents are forced to work for their own good, risking their health and crushing their dreams of a bright future.

The AHYD Film Festival is a short film competition organized by the Commission on Population Region XII which aims to develop the talent and skills of the adolescents in the field of film making. At the same time, it is also one way of conveying the major challenges encountered by the youth through the films they produce. The theme for the 2nd Regional AHYD Film Festival is Kabataan, Kalikasan, Kalusugan: Magkaugnay.

Pangandoy sa Panganod will be Region XII’s film entry for the National AHYD Film Festival which will be held on December 7, 2016 tentatively at the UP Film Theatre, UP Film Institute, Quezon City.

COTABATO CITY, September 13 — The City Government of Cotabato thru the Population/Nutrition Division of the City Social Welfare and Development Office and in collaboration with the Commission on Population Regional Office 12, held its very first Inter-School U4U Dance Craze contest–the first in the Region, last September 9, 2016 at the People’s Palace, Cotabato City.

This dance contest was an initiative of the Population Division from the CSWDO. It served as ­ an avenue for students aged 10-19 to showcase their talent through dancing using the Youth for Youth (U4U) jingle while providing an environment of friendly competition between the U4U teen facilitators. It was also an opportune time for the teen facilitators to interact and build camaraderie among co-facilitators from other schools. These teen facilitators hold a crucial voice in first level response to teen issues as they are the one who interacts with fellow youth most of the time. Five (5) perspective public Senior High Schools within the city participated in the activity where 55 students attended.

Cotabato City National High School – Main Campus won the 1st Place, followed by Cotabato City National High School – Rojas on 2nd place while J. Marquez National High School got the 3rd Place. Datu Ayunan National High School and Canizares National High School ranked 4th and 5th Place respectively.

“Our event today shows that as a teen, you are not alone in this endeavor. You have your teachers, friends, our teen facilitators, people from the CSWDO and POPCOM who could help you on your journey as you undergo adolescence. Do not hesitate to seek help from them as these people are here to help you.” Cotabato City Administrator Dr. Danda N. Juanday encouragingly addressed the young audience.

U4U is a Youth Hub Initiative program of the Philippine Commission on Population (POPCOM) supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) that aims to deliver critical information to Filipino teens aged 10-19 to prevent various health problems that they face nowadays.

“We need to know if the youth is empowered amidst these challenges. We believe that it is most strategic to reach out to them via modern communication like internet and mobile phones. U4U is a program that would engage young Cotabateños in highly interactive and dynamic activities in the span of 3-4 hours.” says POPCOM 12 Planning Officer IV Desiree Concepcion Aragones in behalf of Regional Director Edwin Mateo P. Quijano.

One of the U4U platforms is the teen trail – an educational and entertaining caravan that is set up on schools and communities and managed by the teen (U4U Teen Facilitators) themselves.

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