The Commission on Population of Northern Mindanao (Popcom-10) on Wednesday reported that since the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on contraceptives was lifted in November 2017, service provision for Progestin-only Subdermal Implants (PSIs) has been accelerated.
Popcom-10 Regional Director Jeremias Gupit said that during the first semester of this year, 858 women were provided with implants as their method of choice for delaying pregnancy or limiting their number of children.
Gupit had requested additional stocks of implant from the Department of Health (DoH) in Region 11 as stocks here in Region 10 already ran out due to the increased demand for the service.
“The commodities that arrived from Davao Region were used during the outreach program in the different towns of Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon Provinces,” the official said.
The Popcom-10 outreach team was able to consume all of the PSIs given by DOH-11 prior to its expiration this month of June. The last batch was used last May 31 during the PSI insertion to 46 clients in the town of Claveria in Misamis Oriental province.
The partnership between Popcom and DOH has become even stronger with the signing of the Joint Memorandum Circular on National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) which mandates the two agencies to co-manage the Family Planning and Population programs.
Gupit said that through this memorandum, Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) is expected to rise because of the strengthened mobilization and engagement with the local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations and other partner organizations for demand generation activities and service.
To ensure smooth implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Program of Northern Mindanao, Popcom-10 coordinates closely with DOH for the PSIs as well as for pills, injectables and intrauterine device (IUD).
Meanwhile, Popcom-10 also announced that the Bilateral Tubal Ligation (BTL) and No Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) Outreach program for this month is set on June 25 to 27 in Kauswagan Provincial Hospital and Baroy Provincial Hospital, both in Lanao del Norte province.
According to these hospitals, there are at least ninety women of reproductive age who signified intention to avail of BTL and one male who will undergo NSV. (PNA)
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