POPCOM execs to observe Caraga's anti-hunger drive
by Rutchie C. Saluta
Surigao City (23 June) -- The gathering of the executives of the Commission on Population on June 22-23 here to study and possibly replicate the good practices employed by POPCOM-Caraga in its fast yet efficient implementation of the agency's role in mitigating hunger incidence through the Responsible Parenting-Natural Family Planning (RP-NFP).
POPCOM Regional Director Camilo S. Pangan will do a detailed presentation on the different strategies and modes of RP-NFP implementation in the region. Technical, materials and financial support to the local government units, who are frontliners in the program implementation, will also be revealed.
Latest record of POPCOM-Caraga showed that as of May 2009, RP-NFP classes posted a total of 7,005 with 70,746 couples reached regionwide. Of these couples, 44,779 are currently using natural family planning methods. About 62 percent of the total barangays in the region have been reached by the movement. These numbers are increasing as movement is becoming more popular at the grassroots.
Pangan disclosed that the performance of the region in RP-NFP would not reach this far without the active involvement of the LGUs from provincial/city up to the barangays. "Our commendation goes also to the Barangay Service Providers who are facilitating the conduct of RP-NFP classes", he added.
To sustain the commitment of the barangay volunteers, POPCOM-Caraga continuous to provide collaterals like bags, vest jacket, and NFP supplies and commodities. Pangan said that POPCOM-Caraga is continuously looking into consideration how to address the clamor of cash incentives to augment the meager income of the volunteers. "We hope that the Central Office will consider this issue", he added.
POPCOM will bring its National Management Meeting for the first time in the region so as to be closer to the community where the program really works. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga) [top]