Cebu Province is recognized by the Commission of Population (POPCOM) Region 7 for the active implementation of the Philippine Population and Management Program (PMPP).
In the first PMPP Recognition and Awards held on November 26, 2015 at Banilad, Cebu City, the Province is cited as one of the awardees of the 2015 Outstanding Accomplishments in Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) Implementation. This is given to an LGU that implements AHYDP activities, mobilize youth leaders and advocates, and train peer educators on AHYDP ladderized peer education program.
This recognition demonstrates the Province’s sincerity in implementing programs and services for the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of the adolescents and the youth. Activities are targeted to uplift the rights of adolescents to reproductive health education, information and care.
Outstanding Population Officer
POPCOM also gave special recognition to local population program officers in Central Visayas. Luzely A. Rufo of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) received two citations as Outstanding Population Officer for Philippine Population Management Program (PMPP) Advocacy and for Resource Generation and Mobilization.
The first award signifies that the province best exemplifies the catchphrase “scarcity is not a hindrance to success”. Even with limited funds, projects and activities were successfully implemented by the PSWD.
The other citation recognizes the support of the local chief executive and local leaders in lobbying policy support for population program. The Province allocated funds for the conduct of activities and service delivery. Early this year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan enacted an ordinance instituting mechanisms for Provincial Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program and allocating funds thereto.
Rufo appreciates the unwavering support of Governor Hilario P. Davide III in the implementation of population programs in the Province. Policy and logistics support are made available to carry-out activities specifically aimed to reduce incidence of teenage pregnancy, early marriage and other reproductive health problems of the youth. She also expressed her gratitude to the active network of youth leaders of the different cities and municipalities for their continued participation in the province-initiated programs and projects.
With the alarming prevalence of HIV-AIDS cases and teenage pregnancy in Central Visayas, the provincial government will continue to actively work with POPCOM in addressing these conditions.
Aside from the population programs currently undertaken by the Province, more activities will be carried out starting early next year. PSWDO will conduct a Peer Counselling Training on ASRH. Peer educators will undergo peer counselling training where they could apply the inputs they got in this year’s three peer education modules.
Men involvement in the family and community will be also mainstreamed as the province launches the Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) Program. This is another POPCOM program to mobilize men as partners in women empowerment and gender equality. Rio Emgrid Abarquez