Phi­lip­pi­nes in­ten­si­fies fa­mi­ly-plan­ning pro­grams

Times of Suriname - - SHOWBIZZ -

PHI­LIP­PI­NES - The Phi­lip­pi­nes has in­ten­si­fied its fa­mi­ly-plan­ning pro­grams on con­cern that the co­ro­na­vi­rus out­break could re­sult in a po­pu­la­ti­on boom.

“We saw in the past, du­ring the li­fe­ti­mes of our pa­rents or grand­pa­rents, the sig­ni­fi­cant in­crea­se in birth ra­tes af­ter a ma­jor ad­ver­se event.

This is the rea­son why fa­mi­ly plan­ning is even mo­re im­por­tant”, amid the co­ro­na­vi­rus cri­sis, Com­mis­si­on on Po­pu­la­ti­on De­vel­op­ment chief Ju­an An­to­nio Pe­rez said in a sta­te­ment re­lea­sed by Bay­er Phi­lip­pi­nes Inc., which is sup­por­ting the com­mis­si­on’s pro­gram.

The Phi­lip­pi­nes has a po­pu­la­ti­on of 108.7 mil­li­on pe­o­p­le, the se­cond hig­hest in Sou­t­he­ast Asia.

Fa­mi­ly-plan­ning pro­grams tar­get com­mu­ni­ties vul­ne­ra­ble to fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­ti­on due to un­plan­ned preg­nan­cies. Ne­ar­ly a third of a ty­pi­cal Fi­li­pi­no fa­mi­ly bud­get is used up for the cost of preg­nan­cy, of which three out of eve­ry 10 are un­plan­ned. “To­day, it is mo­re cum­ber­so­me to set an ap­point­ment with a doc­tor and go to a cli­nic. But even in this pan­de­mic, he­alth ser­vi­ces li­ke fa­mi­ly plan­ning should con­ti­nue be­cau­se li­fe goes on”, Pe­rez said.


Over­seas Fi­li­pi­no Wor­kers must un­der­go qua­ran­ti­ne and CO­VID-19 tests upon their re­turn. (Photo: PLS)

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