Last February 12-13 and 17, 2020 prior to COVID 19 health crisis, some employees of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM-VII) Regional Office joined a Trainer’s Training on modern family planning with focus on limiting, spacing, maternal and neonatal health care, entitled: Enhanced USAPAN facilitated by Reach Health Visayas.  The modules with Enhanced USAPAN have been developed by Reach Health with USAID. Usapan, a Filipino word that means ‘discussion’ or ‘dialogue’ incorporates 30-minute or less-than-an-hour discussions of the following:  Kuntento Na (Limiting); Pwede Pa (Spacing); Buntis 1 (Pregnants of the 1st trimester); Buntis 2 (Pregnants of the last trimester); Usapang Maginoo (For Husbands or Male Partners of Women with Reproductive Age); and Batang Ina Batang Ama (BIBA).  These group discussions take-off after demand for family planning has been generated in the areas and actual specific clients have been identified.  Reach Health Visayas trainers were led by June Gambe and Merlyn Rodriguez with POPCOM Information Officer II Malou Garillos. The trainees led by Keannu Arnoco are from the National Population Program on Family Planning (NPPFP) special project of POPCOM VII who help in the delivery of family planning to women of reproductive age with unmet needs. 

In 2019, POPCOM VII conducted a total of 3,833 classes reaching a total of 94,093 couples and individuals.  Of this reach, there were only 3,315 identified clients for RPFP services and only a total of 2,865 clients served.  With the implementation of Enhanced USAPAN in Region VII (Central Visayas), it is expected that clients will increase to a greater percentage similar to the experience of Luzon Health which dramatically increased serving those with unmet needsin a span of two (2) years.