On 6 May 2016, PopCom RO2 conducted the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFSS 4) Regional Dissemination Forum at the Valley Hotel, Tuguegarao City. The activity provided the venue to share the findings of the study of Dr. Antonio Tamayao of the Cagayan State University and Ms. Christian Joy Cruz of the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) entitled “Batang Ina: Teenage Fertility Experience of Young Women in Cagayan Valley.” It was attended by 62 participants from different national government agencies (NGAs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academe and media.
John Restie Hizon, Planning Officer II of PopCom Central Office gave the overview of the activity. He said the regional further study aims to explore and discuss the current and emerging issues and concerns of young people in each region that need appropriate policy and program responses. He cited that teenage fertility is one of the emerging issues in Region 2. He also mentioned that PopCom partnered with the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF), Inc. to develop 17 regional papers based on the data set of YAFSS 4.
The population of the Philippines as of August 1, 2015 was 100,981,437, based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015). Almost 100,000 Filipinos were added after more than a year when the Philippines reached the 100 Million last 27 July 2014 when the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimated the birth of the 100 Millionth Filipino baby.
In 5 years, 8.64 million Filipinos were added to the 2010 population level or around 1.72 million increase per year. Between the censal period of 2000 to 2010, there were 15.83 million more Filipinos or around 1.5 million increase annually which is slightly lower than the annual increase of 1.72 million in the last 5 years.
In Region 2, the population as of August 1, 2015 was 3,451,410 which is higher by 222,247 compared with the population of 3,229,163 in 2010. This means that on the average, around 45,000 annual population increase or around 122 persons are added to the population of Region 2 daily for the same period.
The pace of growth of the Philippine population for the last 5 years was at 1.72 percent annually on the average. While, Region 2’s population grew at a slower pace at 1.28 percent annually for the last 5 years.
The Commission on Population Regional Office No. 2 (PopCom RO2) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Building Inter-Tribal Ecodevelopment (BITE) Inc. and Population Services Pilipinas, Inc (PSPI), both civil society organizations (CSOs) last 9 March and 12 May 2016, respectively to assist in the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RP/FP) Program.
Specifically, the MOA with BITE stipulates for the latter to assist the MPO of Kasibu to conduct demand generation activities for RP/FP through the conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS) Sub-Module 2.2 to 4Ps couples of reproductive age (CRAs) with the end view of mentoring them for their FP needs to the nearest health center.
On the other hand, the PSPI will provide quality FP services specifically on bilateral tubal ligation (BTL) and non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) to CRAs who have decided to limit their children.
The MOAs were signed by Regional Director Angelito S. Obcena for PopCom RO2, Mr. Benjamin P. Lucas, Jr., President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for BITE and Mr. Arnel Rostom C. Deiparine, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for PSPI.
PopCOM RO2 Conducts TOT on Parent and Peer Education, U4U and KATROPA To Sustain AHYD Initiatives To Address Teenage Pregnancy
Last 26-28 April and 24-26 May 2016, PopCom RO2 conducted two (2) batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) on Parent and Peer Education on Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), U4U and Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) for guidance counselors, and young teachers of high schools in the Club 20 (top 20 cities and municipalities with high number of teenage pregnancy cases in Region 2) as well as concerned provincial/city/ municipal population officers (P/C/MPOs).
The activity aims to train the participants on the above topics in order for them to sustain the following AHYD interventions in their respective schools which was initiated by PopCom RO2 to address the high incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region: (1) Teenage Pregnancy Symposium; (2) U4U Peer Facilitation Training and Launching; (3) Breaking the Barrier Session; (4) KATROPA Orientation for Male Parents and Teachers; (5) Peer Helping Program.
The twenty four (24) participants from high schools in Tuguegarao City; City of Ilagan; Cauayan City; and Tumauini, Isabela attended the 1st batch while forty three (43) participants from the high schools in the City of Ilagan; Santiago City; San Mateo, Isabela; Diffun and Cabarroguis, Quirino; Bayombong, Solano and Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya attended the 2nd batch.