TACLOBAN CITY – Increase number of adolescent parents and other health related issues relating to the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) has been recorded by the Commission on Population and the Department of Health and it was presented during the 1st Regional Family Planning Summit held at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, Tacloban City, on August 31, 2017.
This event covers the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law, law that guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.
According to the latest National demographic survey (NDS) covering the year 2016, it found out that around 207-209 thousand families are formed every year. Covering this number, around 18% or est. of 130,000 families are formed by adolescent parents, ranging from 10-14 up to 15-19 years old.
Included in the NDS, an estimate number of 3.3 million reported pregnancy per year, and around 1.82 million are considered unintended pregnancy. Also, the survey revealed that 90% of pregnant women use traditional method of pregnancy.
6-8 million pregnant women uses modern family planning method, while 4-5 million are still needed to be reach out since they use the tradition way of family planning.
The Duterte administration is targeting an estimate number of 12-14 million women who uses the modern family planning by the end of this administration.
Aside from the recorded data about teenage pregnancy, the event also tackles about other health related issues like the increase number of HIV-AIDS cases in the country. The mortality rates cases have been increasing from the target reduce number from 167-52 or around ¾, it raise up to 231 cases this year.
In the same event, POPCOM Executive Director, Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III presented the 3rd annual report on the implementation of the ‘responsible parenthood and Reproductive Health Care Act of 2016’. This report specifies the key result areas (KRA) along RPRH programs on maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition; family planning; adolescent sexual reproductive health; sexually-transmitted infections and HIV and AIDS; gender-based violence; and related concerns in reproductive health and rights.
Perez has specified 5 major key result areas during the summit. This includes the maternal newborn child health and nutrition, family planning, adolescent sexual reproductive health, HIV-AIDS and the VAWC.
Present in the event were POPCOM VIII Regional Director, Elnora R. Pulma, Local Government Unit, Local Health Executives and Provincial Population Officers across the region.
This event highlights the Family Planning month long celebration of the DOH and POPCOM this month of August.
Report by: Jhon Paul Lacson, Bill Germinal