TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Traditional birth control methods such as pills, IUDs, and injectables remain popular in the region, an official of Commission on Population Region (PopCom) 02 said.
PopCom Assistant Regional Director Herita Ondasan Macarubbo said this is also true in the entire Philippines, amid the introduction of modern family planning methods.
The incoming regional director, however, said that there is also observed an increase in interest in Implanon implants among women in the region.
Implanon is among the 51 contraceptives recently cleared as non abortifacient by the Food and Drugs Administration. This effectively drops the temporary restraining order on the Reproductive Health law since 2015.
Meanwhile for males, only a few avail non-scalpel vasectomy in the region.
She said that the procedure is mistakenly conceived as “kapon” or castration. Macarubbo clarified that vasectomy is a different procedure because only the vas deferens of the male organ will be cut.
Further, the use of condom is still mostly used in region.
Yet, Macarubbo said the health department has a policy on informed choice and volunteerism for couples.
“Sinasabi lang natin kung ano ang information on all the methods and it’s up for the couples to decide kung ano yung gusto nilang gamitin. Walang sapilitan,” she said.
“We leave the decision to the couples for as long as they can provide all the needs of their family members in the most decent way,” she added.
PopCom is celebrating Population and Development Week from November 23 to 29. Northernforum.net