BUTUAN CITY – The Commission on Population and Development in Caraga (POPCOM – Caraga) is stepping-up its campaign to remind parents and couples from different parts of the region to practice responsible parenthood and family planning in an effort to avert further problems, especially in this time of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Pregnancy and childbirth during this crisis could add to the burden of the parents and couples,” stressed POPCOM 13 Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano.
The region’s top POPCOM 13 official was worried about a spike in birth rate during the pandemic that could lead to overcrowded hospitals and lesser medical attendants brought by the COVID-19 crisis.
However, POPCOM Caraga assured the public that all rural health units (RHUs) region wide will continue their information drive and services for the Modern Family Planning (MFP) to manage the increase of the population.
“Health Centers are open during weekdays to accommodate women who wish to avail injectables and subdermal contraceptive implants while our Barangay Health Volunteers (BHV) are stationed to deliver family planning commodities such as pills and condoms right at their doorstep,” Makinano said.
In line with their information campaign on family planning care, POPCOM – Caraga opened its “Helplines” to cater to the public’s question and address fears and worries regarding Responsible Parenthood – Family Planning (RP-FP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHDP), and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
“This is to ensure our uninterrupted services during this pandemic,” Makinano said.
“Helpline” responders can be reached at 09951550746 (Globe) and 09610419159 (Smart) from Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 pm. Clients may also follow POPCOM-Caraga’s official facebook page, Commission on Population and Development Caraga Region for more updates.
POPCOM Caraga also scaled up its communication through social media advocacy program to expand its reach to parents and couples regarding Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning thru POPCOM Virtual Academy every Monday – Wednesday at 3:30-4:30 pm and Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program School on Air every Thursday and Friday from 3:30-4:30 pm.
“It also aims to deliver sufficient knowledge support and population development to its viewers and listeners during this time of community quarantine brought by the pandemic,” Director Makinano told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday.