Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 8,085,000 Filipinos in 2020, when the lockdown began in mid-March, used modern methods of family planning, a 6% increase from the previous year, said the Ministry of Health. But there have been reports of dropouts that can be attributed to difficulties accessing family planning services due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the DOH said. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, âThe COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event that has crippled the world, but the Philippines has still managed to make progress on family planning (FP). âWe commend our service providers and partners on the ground for their unwavering dedication and efforts to ensure that FP services are available and accessible, especially in these difficult times. It is a testament that the pandemic should not be an obstacle to the continuation of open conversations and the continued provision of family planning services for our kababayan. In this regard, the Ministry of Health and the Commission on Population and Development renewed their call on stakeholders, especially local government units, to continue providing family planning as one of the health services. vital and essential, amid the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. DOH and POPCOM will organize a joint health event to celebrate National Family Planning Month in August with the general theme: âUsap Tayo sa Family Planning atbpâ. The celebration aims to integrate messages about family planning into the context of sexual and reproductive health during health crises; sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus infection which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; informed choice and responsible parenthood; and adolescent health and development. National Family Planning Month will also feature two virtual health events titled “Usap Tayo sa National Family Planning 2021” and “Usap Tayo sa Family Planning Experts” which will be held on August 4 and 18, respectively. The regional offices of the two agencies will also organize local events such as online press conferences, webinars, social media campaigns, among others to draw attention to the importance and benefits of FP in promoting the health and well-being of Filipinos. DOH, POPCOM and various partners will continue to invest relentlessly in the health and rights of women as well as couples, so that they can have the power to choose, plan and achieve their goals and dreams for them. themselves and their families. As part of the celebration of National Family Planning Month in August, Cpl. Francis Sagmaquen, an investigator at the Caloocan Police Station, said he and his wife Angel agreed to the former vasectomized as their family planning method at a public event hosted by DOH and POPCOM. They have three children and Angel is currently pregnant. Sagmaquen said the vasectomy, a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception, lasted 15 minutes. During the procedure, the male vas deferens are cut and tied or sealed in such a way as to prevent sperm from entering the urethra and thus prevent fertilization of a woman during sexual intercourse. Other methods of family planning include the use of contraceptives and periodic abstinence.
DOH and POPCOM kicked off National Family Planning Month on Wednesday by talking about their programs and the status of reproductive health issues in the Philippines, including family planning and teenage pregnancy. In December 2012, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed one of the country’s most controversial laws, RA 10354: The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics presented data on the growing number of teenage mothers aged 10 to 14. In 2016, the two agencies registered 1,903 live births and 2,441 cases of live births to teenage mothers were recorded in 2019. However, the number of births to teenage mothers aged 15-19 was declining. From 201,182 cases in 2016, it rose to 178,505 in 2019. POPCOM Usec. Juan Antonio Perez III said there were factors that led to teenage pregnancies. According to him, one of these factors was the absence of parents and that as long as they were present they did not talk about sexuality, responsible parenthood with their children. In the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey, Davao region recorded 18% of the number of women aged 15-19 who have started childbearing, followed by northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen region with both 15%. That same year, the NDHS also reported that about 3.6 percent of adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 had experienced violence during their pregnancy. In 2019, PSA recorded a total number of 117 maternal deaths among teenage mothers; the highest number of deaths among teenage mothers is among 18-19 year olds with 70 deaths, while for minors aged 10 to 17 a total of 47 deaths have been recorded. In 2017, PSA and NDHS also recorded a high fertility rate of 3.6 in region 6, followed by region 12 with 3.4. Which are well above the average fertility rate of 2.7. Perez also said that even though other regions had higher fertility rates than the National Capital Region, previous censuses could prove that these regions were slowly catching up in terms of declining fertility rates in the country. country. On the other hand, Dr Jan Aura Laurelle Llevado from the Office of Disease Prevention and Control of the DOH explained the effects of COVID-19 if there was a decline in the use of family planning methods in the country. One of those effects is unsafe abortion, which Llevado says has resulted in maternal mortality.
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