The Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Program (RP-FP) component deals with issues related to sexual and reproductive health, including fertility and family planning concerns. It primarily aims to help couples to realize their desired timing, spacing, and number of children in accordance with their socioeconomic, emotional, and psychological capacity.

General Objectives:

Help couples/parents and individuals to achieve their desired number, timing and spacing of children through responsible parenthood and to contribute in improving maternal, neonatal and child health, and nutrition (MNCHN) conditions

Specific Objectives:

  • Reduce the unmet need of 2.2 million women by 2016
  • Attain desired total fertility rate of couples at 2.8 to 1.7
  • Increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate from 50.7 % to 63 %;
  • Reduce family planning unmet need from 17.66 % to 11%
  • Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate from 162 to 52.2 deaths per 100,000 live births

Role of POPCOM:

  • Identify the medium and long term quantifiable estimates to reduce unmet need for modern FP
  • As lead technical resource for FP advocacy particularly for LGU officials and LGU capacity for demand generation
  • Take the lead in designing and conducting demand-generation activities based on the communication plan for LGUs
  • Shall launch advocacy and IEC campaigns on FP with emphasis on interpersonal communication to families through mechanisms like the Community Health Teams
  • Provide technical and operations support in the monitoring and reporting of progress in reducing unmet need for modern FP

Program Strategies:

  • Contribute to the promotion of the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan
  • Conduct RP/FP classes
  • Organize and mobilize community-based health volunteers for MNCHN
  • Contribute to the promotion of the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan
    • Track and provide FP services to couples who have unmet need for family planning
    • Follow up couples and supply/resupply FP commodities
  • Facilitate PhilHealth accreditation of local health facilities and advocacy for the enrolment of poor families to the PhilHealth Sponsored Program.
  • Strengthen and expand participation of NGOs and the private sector in the provision of RP/FP information and services through public-private partnership.
  • Continuing  capacity building of service providers, population workers and volunteers  on RP/RH/FP.
  • Implement vigorous communication and advocacy campaign for policy and budget support from national and local executives for RP/RH/FP program and to improve the consciousness of the public on its issues.
  • Pursue continuing advocacy for the enactment/implementation of national and local responsible parenthood and family planning policies (e.g. RP/RH Law).
  • Establish knowledge and database system for policy, program and plan formulation.
  • Promote responsible parenthood through RPM/FP classes and Pre-Marriage Counseling Program.
  • Promote, operationalize, and sustain men’s involvement in RP/RH/FP.
  • Conduct of operations research and documentation of good practices for replication.
  • Strengthen the On-line Reporting System on RP/FP and work for its harmonization with existing health database systems.
  • Design and implement innovative strategies to address the socio-economic factors hindering the exercise of reproductive rights of poor couples
    • Integration of entrepreneurship or livelihood strategies in RPM program
    • Integration of RPM with ALS among less educated women
    • Integration of RPM in poverty reduction strategies