BAGUIO CITY -– Delegates of the 5th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia expressed admiration for the Philippines being the first country in the world to pass a law on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH), Commission on Population – Cordillera Region (POPCOM-CAR) Director Rosa R. Fortaleza said.
“The passing of the RPRH law provides us with a strong legal push to implement our programs and achieve our goals for the generations to come,” she said.
“My fellow delegates’ wish is for the next international conference to be held in the Philippines,” Fortaleza added.
Meanwhile, Fortaleza said poverty incidence in the Cordillera Region remained at 17.5 percent in 2015 while Infant Mortality and Maternal Mortality increased tremendously at 350 percent in just one year from 2014.
“By 2030, our goal is to arrive at zero poverty and zero maternal death,” Fortaleza said.
“The RPRH law will be very instrumental for us in achieving these targets.”
Fortaleza urged all agencies in both public and private sectors to converge and support Family Planning.
“We have covered a lot in pushing for better reproductive health services through responsible parenthood and family planning,” Fortaleza said.
“We have engaged more youth in aims of realizing their full potential by avoiding the perils of teenage pregnancy and the risks of STIs, HIV and AIDS,” Fortaleza added.
POPCOM is observing this month the Family Planning Month as part of the “All for Health Towards Health for All” agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
There will also be “a gathering of champions” in the National Conference on Family Planning come November in Manila, Fortaleza said. Merriam del Rosario/PNA/northboundasia.com