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POPCOM VII shared to Central Visayas LGUs through the Population Officers and by posting tarps in borders and checkpoints several Information Education Communication (IEC) materials in line with reminders to stay safe and away from COVID-19, HIV-Prevention bookmarks (especially for adolescents) and Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) for couples to prevent unwanted pregnancies at this time of pre-vaccine period (PVP). Some of these IECs were created by POPCOM VII Population Representative Carl Dave B. Ang and participants of the 1st Regional Youth Creative Conference on ‘Makahimo Ako!’ held last December, 2019.

Since April to date, the IECs were distributed as part of the so-called FP COVID Kits or the Family Planning Crisis Operation thru Vital Information Dissemination Kits. Together with these, tarps for the POPCOM Helpline were also disseminated together with packed meals for front liners and powdered Vitamin C for senior citizens to select groups in the region where vulnerability is most assessed as prevalent. The POPCOM Helpline is a referral system adapted by POPCOM to assist clients who are in situations of concern primarily relating to responsible parenthood and family planning, adolescent sexual health and teenage pregnancy, STI, HIV and AIDS-prevention, and Gender-based Violence (GBV). Helpline numbers include the POPCOM VII Regional Center at landline number: 236-4963 and cellphone numbers 0936-9726651 (FP), 0925-8774110 (AHD), and 0917-3079355 (GBV).

Distribution of 3-In-1 in FP COVID Kits

This June, 2020 the POPCOM VII Team led by Asst. Regional Director Darlynn S. Remolino, Isabel Alquizola (OIC-Technical Division) and Carl Dave B. Ang (POPCOM VII Representative) distributed a total of 300 powdered Vitamin C for senior citizens in the tri-cities of Metro Cebu: 100 in Apas, Cebu City; 100 in Banilad, Mandaue City; and 100 in Basak, Lapulapu City. Likewise, FP commodities, such as pills and condoms were distributed to couples and the HIV-prevention bookmarks were given to adolescents in these areas. Given the constraint in budget, POPCOM VII tries to assess which areas most likely to be reached in the tri-cities are given initial priority. But from January to May, these FP commodities have been sent to the Population Officers in the region for distribution and the FP COVID Kits were already included at the time of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) up to now.

Writer: Maria Lourdes A. Garillos

Information Officer II