10.24.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, October 24, 2013

Popcom-13 intensifies campaign for population management program

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga continues in strethening the campaign for Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) said PopCom regional director Alexander A. Makinano during the forum here on Tuesday. Oct. 22.

The program is aligned with President Benigno Aquino’s health agenda of universal health care for all Filipinos. PPMP has three component programs : Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP), POPDEV Integration Program, and Responsible Parenthood/Family Planning Program.

“The program has the objective to help couples/parents exercise responsible parenting to achieve the desired number, timing and spacing of children and to contribute in improving maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition status; to help adolescents and youth avoid risky sexual behaviour to reduce incidence of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, sexually transmitted infections and other psycho-social concerns; and to contribute to policies that will assist government to achieve a favourable balance between population growth and distribution, economic activities and the environment,” Makinano said.

According to family planning survey of 2011, Caraga has the highest percentage of women ages 15-19 who have begun childbearing at 15 percent compared to the national average at 9.5 percent.

Through PPMP’s general directions and strategies, “It will generate outcomes of reduced incidence of maternal, neonatal and child deaths, delayed sexual involvement among adolescents, reduced proportion of adolescents in early marriages, and reduced incidence of sexually trans mitted disease (STI) and Human Immune-deficiency Virus(HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS) infections among adolescents and youth,” bared Makinano.

He further said that there are other regional specific issues on population and family planning that need to be addressed. The support of the local government units is imperative in realizing the PPMP’s objectives.

To increase awareness on family planning method among couples and to advance health and sexuality education into the mainstream of young individuals, PopCom Caraga has also launched its social media networks. The public can now access Popcom Caraga updates through the following internet sites: www.twitter.com/Popcom_Caraga, www.facebook.com/popcom.caraga, and www.popcomcaraga.org. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Work plan kinahanglan una mapagawas ang pondo alang sa proyektong rehabilitasyon sa Bohol, matud ni Coloma

SURIGAO CITY, Okt. 24 (PIA) – Ang ahensya sa panudlanan mopagawas og P7 bilyon ngadto sa Department of Public Works and Highways alang sa rehabilitasyon sa Bohol sa oras nga maandam na ang usa ka work plan.

Sumala ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma gikinahanglan gyud nga mapagawas gilayon ang maong pondo alang sa rehabilitasyon aron ang lokal nga ekonomiya lakip usab ang mga kinabuhi sa katawhan mabalik na sa normal.

Sumala pa niya nga ang Bohol usa sa mga paboritong abtanan sa mga turista ug kini makaapekto gyud og dako sa dagan sa lokal ug langyaw nga mga turista kung dili dayon matubag kining danyos sa imprastruktura.

Si Secretary Coloma nagkanayon usab nga pagakuhaon sa gobyerno ang maong P7 bilyon nga pondo ngadto sa mga nagkalain-laing awtorisadong pondo sa gobyerno aron maoy gamiton alang sa rehabilitasyon sa Bohol ug iya usab gipasalig nga tanang lakang nga pagahimoon sa gobyerno magabase gyud kini sa balaod.


Dugang pa niya, nga ang Palasyo andam ug abli nga modawat og hinabang gikan sa mga langyaw ug laing mga nasod. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)