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PIA Press Release
2008/02/12

San Jose town formulates contraceptive self-reliance guidelines

by Ofelia Miciano and Pilar S. Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (12 February) -- The Municipal Advocacy and Technical Working Group on women's and child health of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique's capital town recently attended the workshop on the formulation of Contraceptive Self-Reliance Guidelines in connection with the Children and Maternal Health Advocacy Program supported by Save the Children.

Joseph Michael Singh, Deputy Country Director for Program and Development, Save the Children, said that population management is very essential in development approaches. Mismanagement of population will result to collective implications such as poverty, congestion, environmental degradation, scarcity of resources and inefficiency of services, he stressed.

Mayor Rony Molina and other local officials of San Jose is very supportive of the program. He said that his administration will give due importance to the programs of women and children because politicians just come and go but the future of the next generations should be attended to.

Save the Children, is an international non-government organization aimed at creating lasting change of children in need around the world. It has been helping children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities and in times of acute crisis, mobilizing rapid life-saving assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters.

The town of San Jose is implementing the two-year project of Save the Children dubbed as Advocacy for Improved Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning (AIM) which hopes to create a positive policy environment for maternal and child health and family planning.

During the workshop the advocacy group discussed the strategies of contraceptive self-reliance, support of agencies like Department of Health and Local Government Units and the procurement and distribution program of contraceptives to couples of reproductive age in San Jose.

Mayor Molina urged everyone including barangay officials and families to support the program. Despite limited resources, he is determined to provide the beneficiaries with the support they need especially those far from the health centers/stations. (MIO San Jose/PIA Antique) [top]

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