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PIA Press Release
2008/11/07

PopCom: Responsible parenting will lead to hunger mitigation

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (7 November) -- The Population Commission (PopCom) in a statement said that responsible parenting is a part of the strategy being employed by the Arroyo administration to solve hunger.

In a presentation to the media practitioners today, at the Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City, Nora Pulma from the PopCom explained how managing population could lead to hunger mitigation.

She said that Hunger Mitigation Program is divided into the supply side and the demand side.

As to supply, strategies to produce more food, enhance efficiency of logistics and food delivery are aspects pushed while on the demand side, the government is set to put more money in people's pockets, promote good nutrition and manage population.

It is in managing population where responsible parenting would lead eventually to natural family planning, said the lady.

In the program implementation, the PopCom together with the trained LGU team, some with provincial population offices rounds the barangays, locate married couples of reproductive ages and conducts 'one-day classes'.

The classes deal with responsible parenting, family relationships, home management and budgeting and fertility awareness and natural family planning.

To entice couples to attend, the team gives the lost income of the family, as attendees often give the 'lost income' for the day as a reason to decline the invitation.

In barangay Mercedes, Catbalogan City (Samar) couples Angeline and Reno, 22 and 24 years old respectively, attended the class for curiosity, but the day ended fruitfully for them, as claimed, they did not only learn natural family planning but their understanding of their roles as couple and parents were deepened by the hearty exchange of information from the speakers and the married couples like them.

Angeline believes that if couples practice the natural way of planning families, there would be less number of children to feed so that the family, she said could afford more nutritious and quality food that growing children need.

The young mother also feels that birth spacing could give her body the needed respite from the demanding responsibility of motherhood.

Yes, she agrees with PopCom that if married couples could properly space the number of children, hunger would not be so much of a problem for smaller and manageable families.

For Angie and husband, two children would be enough and it would take a longer time for them to decide on having another baby, if ever they plan to have another! (PIA-Samar) [top]

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