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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

POPCOM, DOH enlist ex-drug users in KATROPA

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 – In advancing the role of men in promoting maternal and child health and responsible parenting, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in Caraga Region has partnered with the Department of Health (DOH), through the Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (DRTC), for the program known as Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) among the former drug users.

50 recovering drug dependents (RDD), as DRTC referred, from different areas in the region attended the 1st phase of the ladderized KATROPA seminar.

The first phase was focused on responsible parenting integrating gender concepts and healthy lifestyle, while the 2nd phase will tackle on their roles and responsibilities in the community, and family planning shall be dealt on the 3rd phase.

POPCOM will hold the 2nd and 3rd phases early in 2018.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano revealed that the ladderization of KATROPA among the RDD is a strategy to deepen the discussion and insights of each module, which will result to greater impact in the respective lives of the former drug dependents as they are still on the recovery period.

During the program, a pre- and post-test were administered to gauge the level of the participants’ perception on the characteristic of a responsible husband/father and profiling on the family planning method they were using.

POPCOM designed KATROPA to equip males in communities with the necessary knowledge and skills on maternal and child health in order to be personally effective in making decisions about family’s health, personal development and other related issues and concerns. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)