In its aim to make the population management programs and services within the reach of the Ivatans, the Commission on Population Region II conducted a 10-day Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) Caravan in Batanes on 13-22 July 2016.
During the courtesy call with Batanes Governor Marilou S. Cayco on 13 July, POPCOM Deputy Executive Director Rosalinda D. Marcelino said with the geographical location of the province, it is being left behind in terms of access to basic population management programs and services. She said that through the Caravan, the stakeholders will be able to understand and appreciate the goals of the government’s Population Management Program.
In support to POPCOM’s advocacies on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD), Population and Development (POPDEV), and Gender and Development (GAD), Governor Cayco during the orientation for newly elected officials on 18 July promised to fund all activities targeted by each school present during the Caravan. Two major issues prevailing in the province were identified during the orientation namely: teenage pregnancy and outmigration of working and school age population.
The activity conducted to highlight the PPMP’s RPFP component was the Organizational Meeting of the Provincial Implementation Team (PIT) for the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law. This aims to discuss the provisions of the law and for the PIT members to know their respective roles in the implementation of the said law.
POPCOM Region 2 Serves as One-Stop-Shop cum Service Delivery Network (SDN) Facility During the 2016 World Population Day (WPD) Celebration
“The new development agenda calls on us to leave no one behind.” This is the core message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
This was also the focus of the 2016 World Population Day (WPD) observance of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) nationwide last 11 July 2016 with the theme: “Investing in Teenage Girls.”
Here in Cagayan Valley Region, POPCOM Region 2 manifested its support to out-of-school teenage girls by turning the regional office in Tuguegarao City as a one-stop-shop on information and service delivery network (ISDN) facility wherein medical/dental services; livelihood and skills training opportunities were availed by around 86 out-of-school girls (OSGs) through the convergence of both the public and private sectors, including non-government organizations (NGOs) to highlight the event.
POPCOM Regional Director Angelito S. Obcena believes that the OSGs, as marginalized sector needs the attention and services of the government in order to change their future. As UNFPA explains, marginalized girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives.
Medical services like hematocrit and urinalysis; medical check-up (both general and on obstetrics and gynecological); dermatology; dental check-up and tooth extraction; counseling on nutrition and adolescent health, as well as on skills training and livelihood opportunities were provided to the clients.
The first-ever Regional Film Festival spearheaded by POPCOM Region 2 was highlighted with the 2016 Basic Film-making cum Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Seminar-Workshop held 20-21 August 2016 and culminated with the red-carpet awarding ceremony on 22 August 2016 at the Wilmer Resort Hotel and Restaurant, Sinsayon, Santiago City.
Twenty-four (24) participants attended the said workshop, namely: sixteen (16) high school students from respective cities and provinces in the region, particularly the scriptwriter; director/cinematographer; and coach of each film entry represented their teams in the said workshop.
Professor Jan Justin C. Rodriguez from the Mass Communication Program of the Cagayan State University (CSU) Carig Campus together with Media Arts, Video and Cinematographer Director, Ronell Jayson (RJ) De Vera Olea of GMA 7 Network were the resource persons on film-making; directing; acting and cinematography during the seminar-workshop. The output of the workshop is a music video per team.
Prior to the said activity, eight (8) short film entries were submitted by the City/Provincial Population Offices (C/PPOs) to POPCOM Region 2 for review and judging of the Regional Board of Judges (RBOJs) to identify winners in the following awards with corresponding prizes: Best Picture (trophy and 5,000.00 cash); Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Poster; Best Trailer; Best Director; Best Actor; and Best Actress with a Certificate of Recognition and P1,000.00 cash for each category.
Regional Director Angelito S. Obcena of the Commission on Population (PopCom) Region 2 on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 shared the highlights of the research study entitled “Batang Ina: Teenage Fertility Experience of Young Women in Cagayan Valley” during the Tipon-Tipan sa PIA, a regular conference with media partners spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 2.
The study of Dr. Antonio Tamayao of Cagayan State University (CSU) and Ms. Christian Joy Cruz of the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) indicates that the main determinant of teenage fertility in the region is the age at first sex among young girls. Early engagement in sexual activities at age 18 on the average exposes young female to teenage fertility. Aside from age at first sexual initiation, teenagers who were raised other than their biological parents are more likely to experience teenage fertility than those who were reared by their biological parents.
The study also looked into the health-seeking behaviour of teenage mothers and found that women who got pregnant during their teenage years are less likely to consult a doctor for prenatal care; are more likely to deliver at home and will not likely go to a health professional for postnatal check-up.