BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Health-Cordillera regional office is partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs) to ensure that responsible parenthood and reproductive healthservices and information reach communities where there is an urgent unmet need for family planning among couples and women of reproductive age.
The partnership for the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law was formalized with the signing of a memorandum of agreement last November between the DOH-CAR and the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) representing the three CSOs namely the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) Baguio-Benguet Chapter, Baguio Center for Young Adults and Happy Homes Health and Wellness Development.
These parties shall provide family planning information and services in Baguio City, and La Trinidad and Itogon in Benguet province, Elaine May Becaca of the FPOP informed during thefirstquarter meeting of the RPRH Regional Implementation Team/Health Nutrition and Responsible Parenthood.
Service commitments include provision of FP services to 5,000 men and women with unmet needs through house to house demand generation and service provision, itinerant or outreach services and workplace FP.
Becaca explained that under the RPRH law, CSOs are recognized as key partners of government in promoting, advocating for, and providing accessible and quality RH services.
She cited some of the legal basis for NGO partnership such as Memorandum 2015-036 directing DOH regional offices as the lead coordinators at the regional level of the National Implementation Team for the RPRH Law to hire consultants/partner with CSOs to fast-track delivery of RH-related services especially FP, among community and grassroots women toward contributing to the lowering of unmet need and improvement of the CPR as well as demand generation and community preparation to identify and address unmet need for family planning. (JDP/MWC-PIA CAR)