The Commission on Population-CAR reports an 89.54% accomplishment in couples reached halfway through 2015. This is through the efforts of local population officers, workers and designees in the city, municipal and provincial level in conducting Family Development Sessions (FDS), Responsible Parenthood Movement (RPM) Classes and Pre-marriage counselling (PMC) seminars. The region recorded 9821 out of a target of 10,968 couples under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Abra posted the highest number of couples reached with 3368 from January 1, 2015 to June 15, 2015. This is followed by the province of Kalinga with 2994 and Ifugao with 1965 couples reached under the Pantawid Pamilya Program. The couples attended a total of 447 classes for FDS, RPM or PMC.
Each FDS conducted is supported by the Regional Population office with a mobilization fund for the resource persons and the profiling costs. A total of Php 146,400 was released to partners from January 1 to May 30, 2015. Each class is provided with Php 500 for the team which conducts the class and Php 100 for mobilization costs to do the profiling. RPM Teams in the area comprise of inter-agency members from the Population, Health, Social Welfare and other offices. Parent Leaders under the Pantawid Pamilya Program also provide assistance through organization of classes and profiling of couples.
Through the FDS, RPM and PMC, Population offices and its partner agencies provide core messages on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP). Together with the conduct of classes, profiling of couples is done using developed tools to determine all unmet needs in family planning and creating a database of couples for development planning.
However there are 11,288 couples with FP unmet needs that requires reproductive health services delivery. Unmet need is determined based in the profiling tool when a couple identifies their need of either intention to use family planning (FP) services, switch from traditional to modern FP methods or an uncertainty on which method to use. The Regional Population Office is currently analyzing and filtering the data for unmet need to determine those still in reproductive age. It shall conduct intensive follow-ups and monitoring through local Population Offices. Once determined, these couples shall be referred to local service providers for the FP needs.