Replicating its accomplishment in 2014 , the Regional Population Office Cordillera Administrative Region was able to accomplish 164.25% of its targets for 2015 in the conduct of the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Program.
CAR had an initial target of 10,212 couples to be reached through the conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS) and Pre-Marriage Counselling (PMC) for 2015. Through the efforts however of its partners in the LGU, the region was able to reach 16,773 couples through the program. The FDS and PMC provide Responsible Parenthood and Family planning modules not only to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program but also to couples who are planning to get marriage licenses. Population Program offices in the municipalities facilitate the conduct of these sessions.
In terms of Unmet Needs in Family Planning, the RPO was able to cover 75.20% of couples identified in the region for the year. There were 2,286 couples who had intention to either use or switch to modern Family planning methods but have not been able to at the time of profiling. Through referrals and counselling, LGU Population workers and designates were able to provide FP services to 1,721 couples as of December 15, 2015.
Part of the discussions through the FDS, RPM and PMC classes is to present modern and natural family planning methods to couples so that they may choose alternatives to what they are currently using. This, in line with connecting family planning to responsible parenthood, provides an informed choice for couples to available methods for them to use depending on their needs.
The RP-FP program also allows the government to find out if couples who have attended the FDS or classes prefer a specific method over the ones they are using. This would allow local health offices to gauge needs and provide targeted services through their health programs.
Through the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Program (RPFP), the Commission on Population has already reached 467,015 families across the country since 2010.