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ZamboPen, ARMM broadcasters get 3-day orientation on RP-NFP

by JP Alvarez

Zamboanga City (20 November) -- Forty local broadcasters from Zamboanga Peninsula region and the ARMM attended a 3-day "Orientation on Responsible Parenthood-Natural Family Planning using the broadcasters manual" held on Nov. 16-18 at Garden Orchid Hotel, this city.

The Commission on Population (POPCOM) in partnership with the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. (PNGOC) spearheaded the activity that brought together the local media practitioners, specifically, radio broadcasters, in an effort to spread knowledge on Responsible Parenthood, Respect for Life, Birth Spacing, Breast feeding and Informed Choice.

The orientation was a new learning experience for most of the radio broadcasters-participants who admitted that the methodology presented and topics discussed in the training were something that they have never known before and is a welcome knowledge and idea that they promised to share to their respective radio listeners soon as they go back to their respective areas.

With this in mind, radio listeners specially couples will be aware of their basic responsibilities as parents, making them alert of there responsibility and commitment towards their family, neighbors, community, society, and the nation as a whole and promoting responsible parenting as a way of life towards the attainment of sustainable human development

The project successfully carried out its objective which is: to Explain Population & Development Perspective in the Philippine context; popularize the four pillars of Responsible Parenthood, Respect for Life, Birth Spacing, Breast feeding and Informed Choice; Demonstrate skills in processing information for broadcast purposes and Develop a plan for continuing action and capacity-building on responsible parenthood-natural family planning.

The project aims to create champions among radio broadcasters whose coverage is vast.

Rigid workshops were done during the 3-day orientation to ensure that broadcaster-participants were properly equip with RP-NFP information and a heightened level of awareness in methods of natural family planning, birth spacing and fertility management.

The design of the workshops was carefully prepared to ensure that desired outcomes are achieved, advocacy skills are honed, and advocacy plans are crafted.

POPCOM is implementing the project nationwide in close partnership with PNGOC, with the end in view to develop MEDIA CHAMPIONS in adhering to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's statement that guide the Philippine government in the implementation of population program.

Speakers during the 3-day activity were Mr. Tomas Osias, Executive Director, POPCOM with topic on Population Development Perspective; Mr. Maduh Damsani, Regional Director, POPCOM RPO XI with topic on Overview on Responsible Parenthood and Natural Family Planning Program; Mr. Gerneil Concepcion, Nurse V, DOH on Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning Methods; Ms. Fe Nicodemus, Chairperson, KAKAMMPI on Role of Media in Popularizing Issues on Responsible Parenthood and Guidelines/Tips in Reporting Stories and Mr. Cecil Abuy, POPCOM IX on Development of "Taglines", Overview/Guides to action planning. (PIA ZC) [top]

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