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PIA Press Release
2007/04/21

Survey cites ARMM’s poor family planning appreciation

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (21 April) -- Pulse Asia’s recent survey results on the family planning study tagged the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as having the lowest level of appreciation on family planning.

Only 52% of the ARMM respondents value the inclusion of family planning in candidates’ programs of action. The rest of the country showed a 76% high claiming their preference for candidates who include family planning in their platform.

Also, only 44% in ARMM believe that candidates who support family planning are more winnable.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in their recently conducted community needs assessment interpreted such figures as a result of economic scarcity experienced by the people in ARMM.

“These people think of other more important basic needs that they are deprived of and not focus more on population as being part of a candidate’s platform,” said UNFPA representative Magdalena Abellera.

The assessment also showed that that Muslims take family planning as a way of controlling fertility by putting a stop to giving birth. “This they consider as against the Islam principles,” she added.

This study is believed to coincide with the Pulse Asia’s result showing that only 62% in ARMM thinks that it is important to plan one’s family.

“The Ulat ng Bayan is no longer surprising to us especially that we have known of the cultural mindset of the Muslims as we conducted the assessment.”

However, Abellera claimed that even if only people in ARMM showed a low appreciation of family planning does not necessarily mean that they do not need and want family planning.

“They need and want it. It’s just that we only lack in providing them a more culturally-based information and services that would make them realize that planning a family is important,” she said. (PIA) [top]

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