To fully benefit target clients, boosting the critical thinking and interpersonal skills of Usapan Volunteers is as essential as learning the basics

155 barangay volunteers and health workers who attended the training-seminars held separately on April 23, 24, and 25, 2018 at the City Health Services Office of Baguio City vowed to conduct couples classes. These classes could be any of the Usapan Serye variants, namely: Usapang Pwede Pa, Usapang Kuntento Na, Usapang Maginoo, and Usapang Buntis 1 and 2.

Interactive Learning Exercises

The Usapan Serye is one approach to conducting couples’ classes on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP). These classes provide couples, parents, and health workers an opportunity for immersive discussion about reproductive health. Creative and structured exercises learned during the training are expected to be employed during the couples’ classes to reinforce couples–participants learnings.

The City Population Office staff, through team effort, conducted the training for the barangay volunteers. Ms. Gloria Dimalanta, FP Coordinator, presented the Family Planning Situationer. Mr. Jared Tuason emphasized the importance of behavioral change and interpersonal communication. Ms. Rowena Rabanes further clarified on family planning myths and misconceptions. Ms. Maria Cecilia Agpawa of Luzon Health gave family planning updates.

Usapan Modules

Mr. Themogen Bosleng of POPCOM-CAR led the discussion on the Usapan Modules with Usapang Maginoo. He also gave an orientation on the Fund Mobilization Assistance for those who will conduct the Usapan sessions in their respective jurisdictions. Ms. Milagros Gabol intensively shared her knowledge on Usapang Kuntento Na and Usapang Pwede Pa. Pregnancy issues, such as: safe pregnancy maternal care, and child care, were highlighted by Ms. Elisa Bunnag on her Usapang Buntis 1 and 2 discussion. Ms. Jocelyn Cagay-an delivered the synthesis to remind the participants what they need to plan to ensure the conduct of effective Usapan sessions. She prepared them for roll-out in health centers around Baguio City.

Agreements Reached

Conduct of the initial Usapan series roll-out classes will be held at the health center. The said activity will be supervised by the Population Staff and the nurse or midwife assigned in the area. Further, as a condition for processing mobilization fund for the volunteers who conducted the Usapan, the required forms must be accomplished and submitted to the City Population Office for validation. The validated forms will be forwarded to the POPCOM-CAR Office to commence the process of releasing the funds. The data in these forms will be encoded in POPCOM-CAR’s online database.

Region-Wide Activity

The Usapan Series trainings were scheduled earlier this year in Bontoc, Mountain Province on March 19, 20, 21, and 22 and Tabuk City, Kalinga on April 12 and 13. After the Baguio City training, another set was conducted in Luna, Apayao on May 8, 9, 10, and 11.

The next set of trainings will be conducted in Ifugao and Kalinga on June 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.