The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) unveiled government reproductive health and family planning programs at the International Interministerial Conference on Population and Development.
Speaking to foreign ministers and senior government officials, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said the Philippines recognizes the critical role of reproductive health and family planning programs.
Chua explained that these programs are part of the government’s pursuit of its long-term vision to end extreme poverty by 2040.
âAs such, we have put in place various policies and programs that affirm our commitment to achieve the goals of the Program of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals of the International Conference on Population and Development,â Chua said.
Among the programs mentioned was the Philippines Population Management Program (PPMP) 2017-2022, which, according to Chua, serves as a model for the implementation of population-related programs, projects and activities.
It aims to help couples and parents achieve the desired number and spacing of children, and reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancies in the country.
Chua also highlighted the promulgation of Presidential Decree No. 12 in 2017 to promote the achievement of zero unmet need for modern family planning and the implementation of the national population and family planning program.
Likewise, the National Safe Motherhood Program aims to provide cost-effective pregnancy services to Filipino women in order to curb the increase in maternal and child mortality.
In addition, according to Chua, educational institutions have integrated comprehensive sexuality education and adolescent reproductive health into their curriculum.
This provides essential guidance to young people on the cognitive, physical and social aspects of sexuality and their reproductive health concerns.
To cope with the changing reproductive health challenges in the country, the government has also strengthened its social protection programs for teenage mothers and their children.
These aim to expand their access to nutrition and mental health support services, and provide the opportunity to return to school and find paid work or a livelihood.
All of these initiatives are aimed at ensuring the health and safety of every Filipino family, Chua said.
“As we collectively recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us continue to work together to scale up our efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality, prevent unplanned pregnancies, and empower more people to make choices. knowledgeable about reproductive health and family planning, “he added.
The population and development conference was jointly organized by the Partners for Population and Development (PPD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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