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Regional Director's Corner

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ATTY. BRUCE N. RAGAS
Regional Director

 

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This year, the Philippines marks the passage of Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.The ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in its declaration of the law as not unconstitutional is a significant progress in reaching everyone equally especially on matters on maternal health where the poor and marginalized women and girls have been left without universal access to reproductive health. The country’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR), for example, has remained high since 1993 and it is dificult that the MMR target of 52 deaths per 100,000 live births will be reached by the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.

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As part our vision for a better quality of life for every Filipino, POPCOM continuously supports in promoting Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program, one of the core programs of the Philippine Population Management.

Strengthening the partnership between POPCOM 7, DepEd Divsions of City of Naga and City of Bogo, and DepEd Region 7, a Memorandum of Agreement to integrate Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) in all subjects in Secondary Curriculum was signed on September 19, 2016.

Dr. Senen Paulin, the Schools Division Superintendent of the City of Naga said that the integration of adolescent sexual and reproductive health concepts in the Basic Education Curriculum will make the students socially-conscious and be responsible on how to deal with issues relating to their bodies, emotions and other aspects of growing up. He said that DepEd Naga City will continue to pursue the goals and objectives of adolescent health and development.

 

 

As a response to the growing challenges of teenage pregnancy, early sexual encounters, and other risky adolescent behavior in the region, the Commission on Population Region 7 partners with the local government units of Naga City and Bogo City in Cebu Province and Municipality of Larena in Siquijor Province to establish teen centers in these localities.

In the signing of the memorandum of agreement on September 19, 2016, POPCOM VII and partners commit to creating responsive programs and services for the young people, particularly in the prevention of teenage pregnancy by teaching young people to make responsible decisions on their sexuality.

Based on the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute, teenage pregnancy rose from 5.3% in 2003 to 13% in 2013. In 2015, the Department of Health’s preliminary report recorded 5,197 pregnancy among teenage mothers in the region.

 

As part of our vision for a better quality of life for every Filipino, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) is continuously monitoring the 100 millionth symbolic babies nationwide.  POPCOM strongly recognizes that the first 1,000 days of life are crucial  to a person from pregnancy to a  child’s 2nd birthday.

Leading the advocacy for the total well-being of these babies, POPCOM 7 will organize a celebration of the 2nd  birthday of the “Symbolic 100 Millionth Babies” in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Nutrition Council, and PhilHealth on July 27, 2016. During the simple party, a birthday gift from POPCOM  will be given to each baby. DOH will give an update of the health status of the babies in terms of their full immunization, develop mental milestones and provision of their health care needs from their respective local health units.  Philhealth, on the other hand, will update each baby’s Membership Data Record and orient the parents on the health packages covered by Philhealth.  National Nutrition Council, for its part, will provide each mother a nutrition guide for their babies.

 

The Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 7 joins the celebration of the National Breastfeeding Family Planning Month with the theme, “Breastfeeding and Family Planning: Keys to Sustainable Development”. POPCOM, in its region-wide celebration highlights the importance of breastfeeding and family planning in achieving the goals for sustainable development.

Breastfeeding is a natural family planning method which delays ovulation and helps mothers space their pregnancy. According to the Department of Health (DOH), the Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) (or lactation because of lack of menstruation) provides new mothers at least 98% protection from pregnancy for six (6) months when she remains without her period and fully or nearly fully breastfeeds.

Other than the mother, POPCOM believes it is necessary to promote breastfeeding nationwide as it could cut treatment costs of common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, diabetes and ulcer among others. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 800,000 children would be saved every year by continuous and consistent breastfeeding as breast milk protects babies against infections and illnesses. Data from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action also revealed that breast milk enhances intelligence and improves cognitive development.

 

Commission on Population RPO 7 Regional Director Atty. Bruce N. Ragas and staff hosted Ms. Jezzie Kaye P. Ruiz, her parents; coach Ms. Rachel Anjao, principal Mr. Ricardo Cayacap, DepEd POPQUIZ Division Coordinator Dr. Erotida Jumao-as, and DepEd Lapulapu Division Superintendent Dr. Eduardo Ompad at MJ Hotel for a ceremonial awarding and dinner celebrating Ms. Jezzie Ruiz' championship in the 2015 National POPQUIZ.

"We're very proud of all you have accomplished and the way you represented not only your school but the whole Region 7 as this is the first time that we have won as Grand Champion in the National POPQUIZ," RD Ragas told Ms. Ruiz.

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Dec. 19, 2016 / 11:12:47 A.M.

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Base from the 2015 CENSUS of Population: 100,981,437

Basis: 2015 PGR of 1.72

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