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A national mandated priority public health program to attain the country's national health development: a health intervention program and an important tool for the improvement of the health and welfare of mothers, children and other members of the family. It also provides information and services for the couples of reproductive age to plan their family according to their beliefs and circumstances through legally and medically acceptable family planning methods.
The program is anchored on the following basic principles.
  • Responsible Parenthood which means that each family has the right and duty to determine the desired number of children they might have and when they might have them. And beyond responsible parenthood is Responsible Parenting which is the proper ubringing and education of chidren so that they grow up to be upright, productive and civic-minded citizens.
  • Respect for Life. The 1987 Constitution states that the government protects the sanctity of life. Abortion is NOT a FP method:
  • Birth Spacing refers to interval between pregnancies (which is ideally 3 years). It enables women to recover their health improves women's potential to be more productive and to realize their personal aspirations and allows more time to care for children and spouse/husband, and;
  • Informed Choice that is upholding and ensuring the rights of couples to determin the number and spacing of their children according to their life's aspirations and reminding couples that planning size of their families have a direct bearing on the quality of their children's and their own lives.
 
 
VISION
To empower women and men to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives with the right to achieve their desired family size through quality, medically sound, and legally permissible FP methods.
 
 
 
MISSION
The DOH, in partnership with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and communities, shall ensure the availability of FP information and services to men and women who need them.
 
 
 
OBJECTIVES
The FP Program addresses the need to help couples and individuals achieve their desired family size within the context of responsible parenthood and improve their reproductive health to attain sustainable development. 2. This program aims to ensure the availability of quality FP services in DOH- retained hospitals, LGU-managed health facilities, NGOs, and the private sector.
 
 
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Under the devolved setup, LGUs are primarily responsible for implementing the program components. The DOH continues to provide policy directions and technical guidelines, set standards, conduct monitoring and evaluation, and perform regulatory functions. The FP Program has seven components:
 
 1. Service Delivery
 
Quality FP information and services will be made available and accessible to all clients by 
  • Making the FP Method Mix available in appropriate health service facilities in both public and private sectors: pills, condom, injectables, intrauterine devices, subdermal implants, NFP, lactational amenorrhea method, voluntary surgical contraception  services (i.e., bilateral tubal ligation thru minilaparotomy under local anesthesia and vasectomy), and Standard Days Method;
  • Ensuring client access and utilization of FP services in the service delivery network
  • Establishing a  referral mechanism
  • Providing FP services through trained and accredited service providers;
  • Recruiting and mobilizing trained FP volunteer health workers/ community health teams (CHTs) to support FP home service delivery with proper and regular supervision and monitoring by LGU health personnel;
  • Organizing and deploying itinerant teams; and
  • Developing the capacity of hospitals to provide LAPM and all other services for FP 
  2.Training
 
Delivery of quality FP information and services is possible only through competent service providers. Competency-based training is the main vehicle for developing the skills of service providers: 
  • Training of all categories of FP service providers (doctors, nurses, and midwives) in both public and private sectors on relevant courses using DOH-prescribed/accredited curricula to ensure and maintain the quality of FP service provision;
  • Conduct of training only by accredited training institutions with certified and competent training staff;
  • Attendance of trained FP service providers in refresher courses at least every five years for updates on recent, evidence-based developments and trends; and
  • Follow-up and evaluation of trained service providers by the responsible regional office/NGO/LGU trainers after three to six months. 
  3.Logistics Management
 
The delivery of quality FP services is centered on the continuous and sufficient supply of FP commodities in health facilities. It also requires the installation and maintenance of equipment. This goal can be realized through the following: 
  • Procurement and allocation of commodities at the national level and direct  delivery/ distribution to public health facilities (e.g., rural health units  [RHUs] and hospitals) based on reports on consumption
  • Use of available contraceptive distribution logistics management information system in terms of storage, distribution, inventory control, authorized stock level, recording, and reporting using the appropriate modified forms
  • Local forecasting of contraceptive requirements and procurement
  • Installation of equipment with regular inventory and maintenance 
   4.Health Promotion and Advocacy
 
Information, education, and communication (IEC) are important to generate demands for FP services. Current program thrusts highlight the roles of CHTs and other community-based health volunteers to reach out and provide key messages and adequate information on where to access available services for priority population groups (e.g., NHTS-PR poor households).
 
       Strong advocacy is essential in mobilizing the commitment and support of stakeholders at various levels of administration. Advocacy and IEC need to be intensified by 
  • Developing a local health promotion plan, particularly on FP;
  • Adopting/translating and reproducing prototype IEC materials on FP;
  • Institutionalizing local campaigns or similar local endeavors as part of the annual FP Month Celebration and other health events;
  • Orienting/educating and counseling women and men of reproductive age on FP (individually or in groups) in appropriate settings (e.g., clinic- based, community-based, and hospital-based);
  • Community organization and social mobilization for FP;
  • Organizing and deploying CHTs to reach out and identify household members with unmet modern FP needs;
  • Networking with various groups of stakeholders at the national, regional, and local levels and with international entities;
  • Empowering local officials to ensure the availability and sustainability of FP commodities and other requirements for FP service delivery;
  • Creating an enabling environment supportive to FP (i.e., ordinances and resolutions); and
  • Monitoring and evaluating IEC and advocacy-related activities on FP. 
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation
 
Delivery of quality FP information services largely depends on the results of regular monitoring and evaluation by 
  • Developing a monitoring and evaluation plan to monitor the quality of FP services and to keep track of the progress of FP-related initiatives;
  • Allocating funds for regular monitoring and evaluation at various levels of operations;
  • Regularly conducting consultative meetings to review and assess program accomplishments at inter- and intra-levels of administration;
  • Establishing a feedback mechanism for monitoring and evaluating results for appropriate and immediate action by concerned agencies and authorities; and
  • Documenting and disseminating good practices. 
  6. Research and Development
 
Evidence-based policies, standards, and guidelines are powerful tools that increase the use of quality FP services. Evidence-based IEC and advocacy materials are effective in improving the acceptance of the FP program and in generating support from stakeholders. 
  • Development of capacities of national- and local-level entities on research and development
  • Establishment of collaborative linkages with the academe and research institutions
  • Allocation of resources for research and development 
  7. Management Information System
 
Quality, timely, and accurate information is vital for strategic planning and decision making. This can be ensured by 
  • Maintaining regular FP client recording and reporting of service statistics for planning purposes;
  • Mainstreaming the updated data collection and reporting system including FP services in hospitals;
  • Establishing and continuously updating the database on FP service providers and facilities, including accredited training institutions and training providers/trainers;
  • Tracking clients with unmet needs through CHT reporting (e.g., CHT forms)
  • Adopting and installing the community-based monitoring information system; and
  • Analyzing and disseminating relevant information to local officials, FP program managers, and other stakeholders.
 
 
 
TARGET POPULATION/CLIENT
Men and Women of Reproductive Age (15-49 years old)
 
 
 
  
 
 
AREA OF COVERAGE
  • Zamboanga City
  • Isabela City
  • Dapitan City
  • Dipolog City
  • Pagadian City
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay Province
  • Sulu Sanitarium ( Retained Hospital)
 
 
 
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
  • Mindanao Health
  • Maries Stopes
  • Commission on Population (POPCOM)
  • DILG
  • DOLE
  • LGU’s
 
 
 
POLICIES AND LAWS
  • AO 2017- 0002 -Guidelines on the Certification ofm Free Standing Family Planning Clinics
  • AO 2013-0011-Revised Policy on the Establishment of Women and their Children Protection Units in all Government Hospitals.
  • DM 2014-0312- Guidelines in Setting Up Family Planning Services in Hospital
  • AO 2017-0005- Guidelines in Achieving Desired Family Size through Accelerated and Sustained Reduction in Unmet Needs for Modern Family Planning Methods.
  • AO 2014-0041 Guidelines on the Recognition of Family Planning Training Provider of the DOH.
  • AO 2014-0042 Guidelines on Implementing of Mobile Outreach Services for Family Planning
  • AO 2014-0043- Guidelines on the Estimation of Unmet Needs for Modern Family Planning.
  • AO 2015-0027 Guidelines on the Registration and Mapping of Conscientious Objectors and Exempt Health Facilities pursuant to the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act.
  • DM -2015-2016- Temporary Restraining Order regarding Productive Product and Implanon and Implanon NXT.
  • DM 2015-0357- Use of the revised Family Planning Form 1.
  • The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 or Republic Act No. 10534
 
 
 
 
STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS AND TIMELINE
  • Capability Building
  • Advocacy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
 
 
 
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS
FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM
               
1st Quarter      Year : 2017
 
All Methods
 
     
Elig. Pop.
           
AREA
Total Pop
Total Pop
TP X
Current
Acceptors
Others
Drop-
Current
CPR
 
LGU
 
14.5% X
Users
New
 
out
Users
 
     
0.85
(Begin)
     
(End)
 
Zamboanga del Sur
 
875453
107900
56243
1905
6286
6327
58107
53.85
Zamboanga del Norte
 
853005
105133
61769
3552
4732
5658
64395
61.25
Zamboanga Sibugay
 
682270
84090
39716
3213
4193
5404
41718
49.61
Dapitan City
 
88075
10855
6621
333
585
797
6742
62.11
Dipolog City
 
139734
17222
13389
290
1686
1689
13676
79.41
Pagadian City
 
214717
26464
13161
505
1488
749
14405
54.43
Isabela City
 
113312
13966
4361
630
1005
1015
4981
35.67
Zamboanga City
 
929585
114571
50926
3967
3939
5580
53252
46.48
                   
TOTAL
 
3896151
480201
246186
14395
23914
27219
257276
53.58
                   
 
 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITIES
DATES
ADVOCACY -Family Planning Month Celebration
Month Of August
VAWC
November 25, 2017
   
 
 
 
STATISTICS
CONTRACEPTIVE PREVALENCE RATE
CONTRACEPTIVE PREVALENCE RATE
 
 
 
PROGRAM MANAGER CONTACT INFORMATION
Mr. Gilbert G. Natividad
Nurse V- Regional FP Coordinator
0999-656-0912
 
 
 
DATE LAST UPDATED
September 12, 2017