More Pinoy Couples Now Practice Family Planning

By Kathlyn dela Cruz,
Posted at 06/18/2013 5:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipino couples are now practicing family planning, therefore slowing the growth rate of the country’s population, an official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) said.

In an interview with radio dzMM Tuesday morning, PopCom Executive Director Rose Marcelino said latest data showed that the population growth rate has decreased from 2.04 percent in 2007 to 1.95 percent in 2010.

Marcelino said more women now use family planning methods to limit the number of their children.

“Kasi ang ating mga kababaihan ngayon ay nakikita na ang benefits kung i-plano nila ang kanilang pamilya,” she said, noting today’s high cost of living.

“Medyo mahirap na mag-maintain ng maraming anak sa isang pamilya,” she added.

Marcelino also pointed out that more married women are now joining the labor force; thus, reducing the possibility of them getting pregnant.

“Kung ang isang babae ay nabibigayan ng pagkakataon na magtrabaho, more or less ‘yung panganganak ay medyo napipigilan.”

Husbands want family planning too

Marcelino also said that nowadays, women are not the only ones who express interest in family planning. She said it has been a trend among Filipino men to support their wives’ decision to practice family planning.

She said men, who generally want a large number of children, do not object to family planning methods anymore.

“May trend po na ang mga kalalakihan ngayon ay sinusuportahan na ‘yung pagpaplano ng pamilya,” she said.

RH bill to further reduce growth rate?

The PopCom official also said she believes the implementation of the reproductive health (RH) law will further slow down the country’s population growth rate.

She noted that the law would provide couples, even those in far-flung areas, access to services and information about family planning and their reproductive health.

“Malaki po ang maitutulong niyan kasi ang isang dahilan kung bakit hindi nagpaplano dahil sa kawalan ng serbisyo, no access to family planning,” Marcelino said.



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