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PCUP and POPCOM collaborate to improve programs for reproductive health

In order to improve the lives of the poor, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) are working together to promote the expansion of reproductive health initiatives.

On February 15, the PCUP chair and chief executive officer, undersecretary Elpidio R. Jordan Jr., and executive director Lolito Tacardon, the POPCOM officer in charge, met at the PCUP central office in Mandaluyong to discuss how they may work together to strengthen PCUP’s flag programs.

Jordan acknowledged POPCOM’s contribution to aiding the Philippine government’s initiatives to enhance sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as responsible parenthood.

In a news release issued on Monday, he stated, “We acknowledge the continuous support of the POPCOM with some of PCUP activities like our caravans and capability building programs that focused on gender and development and family planning to foster gender equality, sustainable population growth, poverty reduction, and economic development among urban poor communities and families and the PCUP is looking forward to more of this.

As PCUP’s “partner for change,” he referred to the POPCOM.

In order to protect the rights of Filipinos to reproductive health, gender equality, and development, as well as to define responsible parenthood and family planning, he continued, “We would like to continue this relationship for the benefit of the country’s urban poor.”

As part of POPCOM’s efforts to further improve the implementation of its programs and strategies in relation to the people to achieve socio-economic development, Tacardon, for his part, vowed dedication to supporting the different programs and services of the PCUP.

The RPRH law, according to him, provided an opportunity for the implementation of relevant reproductive health policies and initiatives at the municipal level, enhancing the relationship between the federal and local governments.

In support of Republic Act 10354, also known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law of 2012, which made contraception and fertility control accessible to all people, PCUP has taken steps to establish cooperation with the POPCOM.

The Human Rights Act of 1973, or RA 10354, “recognizes and guarantees the human rights of all persons, including their right to equality and non-discrimination of these rights, their right to sustainable human development, their right to health, including reproductive health, their right to education and information, and their right to choose and make their own decisions in accordance with their religious convictions, ethics, cultural beliefs, and the requirements of responsible parenthood.”

According to data from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA), between 2016 and 2020, the number of newborns reported to adolescent mothers between the ages of 10 and 14 rose by 11%, from 1,903 to 2,113, or 0.14 percent of all births registered.

In contrast, the bulk of teen moms’ male sexual partners were three to five years their senior. According to the PSA, 6 to 7 percent of kids born to adolescent mothers between 2016 and 2020 were fathered by males 10 years their senior.

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