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POPCOM, LGUs sign MOA on responsible parenthood, natural family planning

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (20 June) -- The Commission on Population and the local government units here entered into a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of Responsible Parenthood (RP) and Natural Family Planning (NFP)here.

POPCOM-CAR was represented by Regional Director Ma. Aurora C. Quiray, Governor Maximo B. Dalog represented the provincial government while the municipal governments were represented by their respective local chief executive.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo identified Responsible Parenthood as one of the strategies to counter hunger and poverty in the Hunger Mitigation Program Framework.

She issued on October 10, 2006 a directive on Responsible Parenthood (RP) and Natural Family Planning (NFP) program which has a primary policy directive of promoting the Natural Family Planning method, three year birth spacing and breast feeding which are good for the health of the mother, child, family and community.

The same directive designated POPCOM Department of Health (DOH) CHD and the local government units to take full charge of the implementation of the RP and the NFP.

The Responsible Parenting Movement was conceived to empower the Filipino families through responsible parenthood by making couples aware of their basic responsibilities as parents.

Under the MOA, the local chief executives have agreed to implement the RP and the NFP in all their barangays.

POPCOM in collaboration with the DOH-CHD formulate and carry out an aggressive and systematic strategy to promote RP and NFP which necessitates the formulation of a core plan that involves grassroots campaign to be implemented by the DOH and the LGUs particularly the Barangay Responsible Parenting Team that brings the program closer to the people.

It is also tasked to organize and train Reproductive Parenthood Movement (RPM) teams at the provincial and municipal levels; provide assistance for RPM trainings at the municipal level; provide the amount of P2,000.00 per barangay class composed of 10 couples of reproductive age until all targeted couples have been reached in the different barangays in each municipality until 2010; provide augmentation fund for the province/municipality for monitoring and evaluation activities.

The provincial government, on the other hand, shall provide financial counterpart for monitoring and technical assistance to be used for coordinating of RPM and NFP classes, monitor the conduct of classes and ensure that the sessions conducted are in line with the Millenium Development Goal No. 5 (Improve Maternal Health), provide technical assistance to the Municipal RPM teams.

For their part, the municipal local government units are also tasked to provide financial counterpart for the conduct of municipal classes in terms of travel expense and other materials needed to RPM implementation; continuously sustain barangay RP-NFP classes; ensure that the community health workers in coordination with RPM group leaders perform their assigned tasks; and to provide necessary per diem and travel allowance for municipal RP-NFP training team when needed at the barangay level.

The POPCOM and DOH with the other members of the Regional RPM team will monitor RPM implementation in the provincial, municipal and barangay level. (PIA MP) [top]

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