NSO-NegOr to celebrate 73rd anniversary

By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug 12, 2013 (PIA) — The National Statistics Office (NSO) – Negros Oriental has lined-up activities to celebrate the 73rd NSO founding anniversary on August 19.

This year’s theme is “Handog ng NSO: 73 Taong Taos-Pusong Serbisyo sa Mundo.”

There will be sports like basketball and badminton, as well as quiz bee to be held at the NSO office according to Ariel Fortuito of NSO.

“Other activities which are yet to be carried on for the month-long celebration includes health and fitness promotions or other related physical activities; outreach programs that are in line with the mission of the NSO; livelihood programs; and lastly, a clean-up drive of selected areas within Dumaguete City,” said Fortuito.

The celebration started August 2 when NSO personnel did office clean up.

NSO is the government’s major statistical agency responsible for collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing and disseminating general-purpose statistics as provided for in Commonwealth Act 591, an act creating a bureau of the census and statistics to consolidate statistical activities of the government.

NSO was founded as the Bureau of Census and Statistics on Aug. 19, 1940 by virtue of the enactment of Commonwealth Act 591. It became the National Census and Statistics Office in 1974 and was renamed National Statistics Office in 1987. (FCR/JCT/PIA7, Negros Oriental)


Dumaguete City ranks top in family planning program

By Leandria P. Pagunsan

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 12, 2013

(PIA) — The Population Commission in region 7 bared that Dumaguete City was rated top among the local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas in the implementation of Family Planning program.
“We at the national and regional levels implement the program but we cannot force the LGUs to strictly follo

w it on the issue of stand and belief, and we respect that,” POPCOM regional director Atty. Bruce Ragas said during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently in observance of Family Planning Month in August.
The Population Commission in it’s campaign for effective implementation of family planning program and responsible parenthood, empowers the local government units in their advocacy program on the importance of family planning, but the level of attaining success depends on the response of the local chief executives, Ragas added.

Family Planning coordinator of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Cristina Dagle said, they provide technical support for family planning based on the aspects of responsible parenthood, respect for life, birth spacing and informed choice.

Speakers in the recent Kapihan Forum here marking the celebration of National Family Planning Month (L-R) Atty. Bruce Ragas, PopCom-7 regional Director, Cristina Dagle, Family Planning Coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office and Phoebe Tan, Vice Chairwoman of Provincial Council of Women
Speakers in the recent Kapihan Forum here marking the celebration of National Family Planning Month (L-R) Atty. Bruce Ragas, PopCom-7 regional Director, Cristina Dagle, Family Planning Coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office and Phoebe Tan, Vice Chairwoman of Provincial Council of Women

In response to the allegations that contraceptives such as pills, depovera injectible and IUD increase the risk of breast and cervical cancers to women using it, Dagle cited clinical studies that proved these contraceptives do not have cancer causing ingredients and are safe to use.

Dagle can attest to contraceptives’ safety as she has been a pill user for the last 15 years of her productive life and yet stayed fit and cancer free then and until now.

Dagle added that family planning is a matter of choice. The women are given the freedom to choose between natural and artificial method with proper guidance.

“If they opt for the artificial method, their health conditions are assessed first to determine what contraceptive suit them best,” Dagle noted.

While women are the primary decision makers, a joint decision for couples are still preferred and encouraged to avoid conflict, she said.

In another development, Phoebe Tan of the Provincial Commission on Women supports and strengthens family planning advocacy through trainings on health services, livelihood programs, sustainability and celebration of milestones for the government and academe sector. (mbcn/LPagunsan/PIA7-NegOr)

Dumaguete City cited top performer in family planning program implementation in CV

By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 12, 2013 (PIA) — The Commission on Population (PopCom) Regional Office 7 cited Dumaguete City as a top performing city in Central Visayas this year for implementing family planning programs.

This was announced by PopCom-7 Regional Director Atty. Bruce Ragas who said that Dumaguete City has strengthened its information campaigns on family planning.

The Commission has limited personnel in the regional office so they train representatives from rural health units, local population offices, and provincial offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in conducting family planning seminars and lectures in their respective areas, said Ragas.

In Negros Oriental, especially in Dumaguete City, local population officers conduct regular barangay classes on family planning programs for couples at reproductive ages.

Ms. Cristina Dagle, Family Planning Coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said their role is to help couples through the barangay classes in making an informed choice on the family planning method they would use.

“We teach them responsible parenthood, respect to life and proper birth spacing to help them make an informed choice on artificial, permanent and natural family planning,” she said.

Dagle stressed that they always emphasize to couples that it is important to plan how many kids they should have with at least three to five-year spacing so that the health of the mother will not be compromised.

She also noted the growing presence of men in their barangay classes as more men are becoming interested to the different family planning programs available for them.

Aside from this, population officers also discuss to couples the advantages and disadvantages of the different family planning methods.

“The people cannot say that we are one-sided and in favor only of the government’s preferred methods,” said Dumaguete City Population Officer Laume Quijote.

Meanwhile, Provincial Council of Women Vice Chairwoman Phoebe Tan hopes that more educational materials related to family planning will be written in the Cebuano dialect so that more locals can appreciate and be well-informed on the topic.

She also expressed her group’s willingness to support LGUs in conducting seminars on family planning since maternal health is one of their advocacies.

On the other hand, Atty. Ragas hopes that the Supreme Court would lift up the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the Reproductive Health Law which advocates responsible parenthood and gives support to family planning.

Ragas said it is only now that the country has a national policy on family planning but its implementation has been blocked by petitioners who oppose the RH law.

“We are hopeful that in the end, things will turn in favor our advocacy,” Ragas said. (rmn/RAL/PIANEGOR)