A NEW mother. That is Rose (real name withheld), who, at a nimble age of 15, gave birth to her daughter in May 2021.
To make sure she would prevent another pregnancy and to continue her studies, Rose decided to get an implant insertion.
“Nagpa-implant ko aron di masundan akong anak kay bata pa pod kaayo ko (I decided to have the implant because I do not want a second child right away because I am still very young),” she said.
Rose’s mother convinced and supported her to use a family planning (FP) method to protect her as she had similar experience in the past—the older sister of Rose was also impregnated when she was only 15 years old, and she gave birth five times in short intervals until she died after giving birth to her last child.
Rose was one of the 68 mothers who availed themselves of various family planning methods given for free during the family planning outreach caravan in Tuburan, northwestern Cebu on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
Of the 68 mothers, 60 of them availed of the implants, three got the pills, two received the depot medroxyprogesterone acetate or injectables, and one got condoms.
Two mothers asked for the removal of their implants as they decided to get pregnant.
Tuburan Municipal Health Officer Dr. Carmina Jemma Faunillan lauded the mothers who availed themselves of the different family planning methods.
“Buot pasabot ani kamo tanan naghunahuna sa inyong kaugalingon ug sa inyong pamilya (This means that all of you are thinking of yourselves and your families),” she said in an address to the mothers.
She told them not to hesitate to ask questions or express their concerns.
“Dili ni pinugsanay. Ang pagdawat ani dapat bukas sa inyong kabubut-on. (You are not forced to do family planning. You should be fully aware when you decide to do this)," she said.
Faunillan also urged the mothers to ask questions about family planning methods as this is surrounded by many myths and misconceptions.
Municipal Population Officer Isabel Polotan shared that for the month of May 2021 alone, there are already 9,053 current users of modern family planning in Tuburan.
They continue to disseminate information and educate the residents on the various kinds, health benefits, and myth busters of family planning through the regular FP Days done in the town’s rural health units.
They also continue to partner with the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom) 7, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 Center for Health Development, Department of Social Welfare and Development 7, Integrated Midwives’ Association of the Philippines, and United States Agency for International Development’s Reach Health for the delivery of such services to their constituents.
Families who are interested to avail of the different modern family planning methods may visit their nearest rural health units. All supplies from the DOH 7 and PopCom are given for free.