DOH PUSHES FAMILY PLANNING, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INITIATIVES
Press Release / 9 June 2020 
In the June 9 ​Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser ​ , Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire emphasized that good family planning and reproductive health will help Filipinos adapt to the current circumstances as well as prepare families for the future. 
 
“Ang pagbubuntis po na hindi planado ay mas mahirap para sa sinumang mag-asawa lalo na sa panahon ngayon na wala tayong kasiguruhan kung hanggang kailan natin haharapin ang panganib na dulot ng virus,” she said. “Tandaan natin, kapag planado, laging sigurado.” 
 
According to Singh-Vergeire, the public may access family planning services by reaching out to their dedicated barangay health workers and barangay population volunteers. Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) are also on call to address urgent situations such as emergency deliveries of pregnancies at home. 
 
Usap Tayo sa Family Planning, a program by the National Committee on Population and Development (POPCOM), provides an alternative way for the public to reach out for consultation or assistance through their Facebook page and the POPCOM’s helpline via 0961-7432337 and 0927-2998764. 
 
The Healthy Pilipinas website also lists additional facilities apart from the health centers that provide family planning services. 
 
These facilities and health centers provide access to contraceptives, such as condoms and birth control pills, which help prevent unintended pregnancies when used consistently. Other available methods include implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and injectables that provide longer-term protection, but are still reversible. 
 
“Bawat isa sa mga pamamaraan na ito ay may iba’t ibang period of effectivity. Ibig pong sabihin, iba-iba po ang hangganan o panahon kung hanggang kailan effective ang bawat method na ito,”said Singh-Vergeire. “Malalaman natin kung ano ang naaangkop sa atin sa pagsangguni sa ating mga local health centers at ating trained family planning service providers.” 
 
The usage of modern contraceptives is still only at around 24.9%, the Health Spokesperson noted, and underscored that frequent usage of contraceptives would help prepare families by delayingthe birth of a new child until they are financially prepared. 
 
“Ngayong nasa GCQ na tayo, inaasahan nating unti-unti na tayong makakabalik sa dati nating mga routine,” said Singh-Vergeire. “Hindi madali ang paglaban natin sa pandemyang ito. Mahalagang pangalagaan natin ang ating kalusugan at maging ang kalusugan ng ating mga mahal sa buhay upang magkaroon tayo ng stronger fighting chance against COVID-19.”