TUGUEGARAO CTY, Philippines- Cagayan Valley region recorded the highest Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in the country, based on the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
Commission on Population (PopCom) Region 02 said 62.6% of married women 15-49 years old are now using any traditional or modern family planning (FP) method.
From this rate, 57% of women use modern FP methods. This record is also the highest among all regions.
Compared to data from the 2013 NDHS, the region had a 3.7% increase in use of family planning methods, garnering a 5.5% increase in modern FP practice.
PopCom also attributed the increased usage of modern FP as main factor in the decrease in fertility rate. The results of the latest NDHS revealed that Filipino women were having fewer children in 2017.
PopCom 02 Regional Director Herita Macarubbo called this “good news,” adding that family planning is “a conscious effort by couples to limit or space the number of children they have through the use of contraceptives.”
“Yung pagtaas ng ating CPR is because of the concerted effort of PopCom’s program stakeholders, especially LGUs (local government units) and involvement of CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) we also recognize them for helping in implementing the family planning program,” Macarubbo said.
Macarubbo also said PopCom 02 has also been conducting demand generation activities such as pre-marrigae counselling and orientation through local population officers with the health and social welfare and development departments.
Activities also include Responsible Parenthood/Family Planning (RPFP) classes, “Usapan Serye,” and “Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya”(KATROPA) sessions for males.
The regional director also said the recent survey also showed that MFP is practiced more among people with higher educational attainment and higher income; while, based on the study, poor parents and parents with low educational attainment have more children.
In previous years, the region has been the “topnotcher” of CPR, Macarubbo added.
The NDHS is conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and is a part of their worldwide “Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results” (MEASURE) Demographic and Health Surveys program, designed to collect information on a variety of health-related topics such as fertility, family planning, and maternal and child health.
Meanwhile, Macarubbo said taking pills is still the most preferred method of married women in the region. The other most popular methods are through intrauterine device (IUDs), injectables, condoms, and implants, she said.
Other modern FPs include standard days method (SDM), basal body temperature, cervical mucus method, symptothermal method, and lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).
Rhythm, withdrawal, and folk methods are classified as traditional family methods, PopCom said.
For couples who do not want to bear more children, methods include bilateral tubal ligation, and non-scalpel vasectomy.
Meanwhile, Macarubbo said the number of contraceptives in the region is “well-provided,” adding that they are monitoring stocks of contraceptives in regionl heath units (RHUs) in the region.
“As we are doing demand generation [at] ina-identify natin kung sino yung nanganagailangan ng family planning services and information, kailangan din [nito] ng katumbas na supply,” the director said. Northernforum.net