Responsible parenthood, natural family planning pushed

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


THE Catholic Church and the Cagayan de Oro City Government see Responsible Parenthood and Natural Family Planning (RP-NFP) program to improve family relations apart from slowing the steep growth of the population in the country.

“With RP-NFP, couples will realize that building a family is difficult. If dili kaya, dili lang sa ipugos,” city social and welfare development officer Teddy Sabuga-a Sr. said.

The RP-NFP is a compromised collaboration between the City Government that aggressively promotes the government’s use of family planning methods that the Catholic Church disagrees with.

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The city government and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro provide couples advices on building families in natural way, and be trained to encourage or even persuade other couples to join.

It also deals with gender, reproductive health and family planning concerns where couples are given the desired timing, spacing, and number of children.

“What is the greatest thing about RP-NFP is that it would not be successful if it would not be for the couples’ participation because they have to personally attend to it,” Sabuga-a said.

“Other methods than it would not require both couples to attend, okay lang isa. But with RP-NFP, both attend to; whatever problems they do have, they can reconcile. In this way, the couple’s bond will be strengthened, which it is not really all about reducing [the] population but also fixing the root of the problems at home,” he added.

In the Philippine Population Management Program, the method is said to be a major component in slowing the country’s population growth.

According to the Commission on Population in Northern Mindanao (Popcom-10), poverty is one recurring problem in the Philippines.

“Poverty is one of the challenges that Filipino families face and its magnitude is increasing over the years. Studies show that families with too many children have lesser income, savings and expenditures which lead to difficulty in getting out of poverty,” a Popcom-10 statement issued on August 30 read.

Teenage pregnancy worsens the problem of poverty which has doubled for over 11 years. Statistics of the Young Adults Fertility and Sexuality Survey shows a rise from 6.3 percent in 2002 to 13.6 percent in 2013.

In raising its awareness on the dangers of teenage pregnancies associated with the use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, Popcom-10 regional director Lydio Español said they have integrated the reproductive health as one of the subjects in 3rd year and 4th year high school classes.

Popcom-10 has reached out to 114,189 couples out from the 4,491 family development sessions.

The agency has also encouraged the local government units to support the implementation of the Local Population Management Program.

In line with it, Sabuga-a said they have currently penetrated the barangay level in giving information about the RP-NFP, and trainings and sessions are ongoing.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 04, 2014.

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