Region 2 married women highest users of family planning
by Oliver Baccay
Tuguegarao City (4 March) -- The results of the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) which were conducted last 2008 revealed that knowledge of family planning is universal among women in the country.
The survey shows that more than half of the married women are using family planning and the commonly known methods are the pill, male condom, female sterilization and injectables.
Dir. Anabelle C. Langbayan, NSO 2- Regional Director, presented that use of modern family planning is fairly consistent in urban and rural areas but varies by region.
In her presentation, Region 2 posted the highest percentage of women using modern method with 46% while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) registered the least users of modern method with only 10% of their married women.
Langabayan also stated that use of family planning is fairly high even among women from the poorest households.
The NDHS also showed that more than half of Filipino women want no more children and some want to wait at least two years before their next birth which are potential users of family planning. However, there is still big percentage of women who wants to stop childbearing or to space their birth but not using any family planning method.
On child mortality, the survey revealed that for every 1,000 live births, 25 children die before their first birthday, and 34 children per 1,000 live births die before reaching age five.
Generally, Langbayan said the trend in the use of family planning is increasing and the child health care is not so much problem in the region. (PIA 2) [top]