Distribution of Family Planning Supplies
We make family planning contraceptives more readily available to everyone, especially the poor, marginalized, socially excluded and underserved groups, through our network of program volunteers or community-based volunteers (CBVs) who conduct community organizing, information campaign and contraceptives distribution in their respective communities.
Information and Education
Our information campaign is focused on making people in the communities become aware of their sexual and reproductive health and rights and of the various medical and clinical services which they can avail of from our CHCCs. We do this through our community-based volunteers (CBVs).
These are model building projects that pursue innovative approaches in an effort to reach the poor, marginalized, socially excluded and underserved groups in the country.
- Scaling Up Sexual & Reproductive Health Service Delivery thru FPOP-Local Government Units (LGU) partnership
- Realizing Sexual Rights thru the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process
- Establishing Associated Clinics for Social Franchising Scale Up
- Project SHE (Sexual Health and Empowerment)
- Reaching and Empowering Adolescents (REAP) and Sustaining Initiative for Adolescents Future and Empowerment (SAFE)
- Responding Essential SRHR Provision and New Delivery Mechanisms (RESPOND)
Medical and Clinical Services
Each of our chapters operates at least one Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC) that offers the following health care services:
Family planning counseling
- Normal delivery
- Immunization (Hepa B, Tetanus Toxoid)
- Gynecological (gyne consultation, cervical cauterization, Albothy concentrate,
- IUD insertion, check-up and removal, gyne cervical, vaginal douche) and other medical cases (HPN management, UTI)
- Immunization (Hepa B, MMR, Oral Polio, Measle, Tetanus Toxoid, BCG, Chickenpox, Hib, PentactHib, Mumpa Measles Rubella, URTI, DPT)
- Sick baby/child
- Others (Vitamin A, nebulization, ear piercing, circumcision)
- General medicine
- Minor surgery
Blood pressure check-up
- Pregnancy test
- Blood chemistry
- Platelet count
- Pap’s Smear reading
- Chest x-ray
- Widal’s Test
- Abdominal x-ray
- Thyroid Clearance
- Gram Stain
- Wet Smear/Mount
- STD screening/VDRL
- Hbs Ag
- Sperm analysis
- WBC count
- Clotting time
- Bleeding time
- Women’s reproductive health (pelvic examination, breast examination, Pap Smear, infertility consultation/management, UTI, RTI, others)
- Men’s reproductive health (infertility consultation/management, impotency management, Urolugical screening, STD screening/VDRL and others)
- Blood pressure check-up
Youth Friendly Services
August 4, 1969: FPOP was born out of the merger of Family Planning Association of the Philippines and Planned Parenthood Movement in the Philippines. 1972 – 1980s: The Beginning of Youth Participation in Family Planning
In 1972, FPOP conceptualized its first youth program. It was named Youth Development Program and it focused on adolescent sexuality education for the out-of-school youth in the urban areas aged 15 to 25.
In 1974, FPOP held its First National Youth Leaders’ Consultative Workshop on Population and Family Planning where chapter youth leaders reported on their activities on the ground. It ended with the formulation of a Plan of Action for 1975-76.
1983 through the 1990s: The Development and Family Life Education for the Youth (DAFLEY) emerged as the new youth program. It came from two projects, the Adolescent Sexuality Education and Youth Development through Family Planning and Family Welfare.
2000 – 2008: Strengthening Youth Initiatives for Quality of Life
FPOP took a more active role by gearing its adolescent and youth program towards increasing involvement of adolescents and youth in addressing their sexual and reproductive health concerns. The objectives of the program during this period were: a) to increase adolescents’ and youths’ access to sexual and reproductive health information and services through holding information, education, and communication sessions; b) to increase youth participation in FPOP governance by recruiting more youth volunteers, forming and strengthening youth core groups in the chapters; and c) to strengthen partnership with local government units and other youth groups.
It was in 2003 when FPOP held its First National Youth Leaders Assembly, a convention of all youth representatives from the different chapters, wherein they elected their representatives to FPOP’s National Council, deliberated on fundamental issues of participation and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), and proposed policies for adoption by the National Council.
In 2004, FPOP began providing sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents and youth, mainly through individual peer counselling and referral to partner organizations for support to peer counselling. In addition to the formation of youth core groups, youth centres began to be put up as well.
In 2005, youth programming shifted towards building the capacities of young people on participation in policy making and governance, and strengthening youth initiatives. In line with this objective, chapter youth representatives were trained on advocating for youth related local policies that include, among others, provision of teen space and allocation of budget for ASRH.
Moreover, from 2005 to 2008, through the EPIC and SUPERB projects, chapter youth leaders and volunteers were trained on advocating and mobilizing private sector support for the passage of local policies and programs on ASRH.
2011 to present: Protecting, Fulfilling and Promoting the Sexual Rights of Young People
FPOP began to increase and expand the provision of youth friendly SRH services in the clinics, and increase institutional commitment to the sexual rights of young people. Through the Yes4Yes project, which was implemented in 2009 to mid-2011, FPOP was able to deliver quality youth-friendly services (although not yet the full range of services) and establish a peer education program. This made FPOP known for providing youth friendly services.
FPOP was awarded another project in 2011 that aims to scale up the gains of Yes4Yes or scale up the provision of youth friendly services in the clinics, which was instrumental in pushing for comprehensive sexuality education for young people in the country. In 2013, another special
Also during this period when FPOP began addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people in humanitarian emergencies as part of the MISP for RH, mobilizing the young people.
Emergency Response (MISP for RH)
FPOP at the Forefront of Humanitarian Response
FPOP is perennially challenged on how to sustain its FP/SRH services for the poor and the vulnerable sectors who are also considered to be among the most at-risk population to the effects of the changing climate. When FPOP adopted and institutionalized the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health framework, the organization started to be known as an active actor among the leading CSOs with humanitarian program in the country.
MISP is a set of priority activities required to respond to the reproductive health needs of the population at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. During emergencies, FPOP works to ensure the five objectives of MISP for RH are met, these are: (1) Ensure an organization is identified to lead the implementation; (2) Prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence; (3) Reduce HIV transmission; (4) Prevent maternal and newborn death and illnesses; and, (5) Plan for comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare, integrated into primary health care, as the situation permits.
The recent fast turn-over of personnel at the FPOP national office, has created negative impact on continuity for its humanitarian response program. National office personnel who were highly trained on MISP framework and earned high degree of actual experiences and exposure in delivering SRH services during the most challenging response period, have already left the institution. FPOP Chapter personnel who were also trained on MISP have not been updated with their skills after the new FPOP national office management during 2014-2015 period, no longer consider humanitarian response as a flagship program.
To address this challenge of upgrading the capacity and projecting FPOP again as an institution active in the delivery of SRH services through MISP during humanitarian response, the national office facilitated the MISP Refresher Exercise in May 25-26, 2016 to set up and reactivate FPOP’s National Emergency Response Team. All of the Chapter Program Managers were able to attend the activity which was funded by the SPRINT program of IPPF. Continuous Commitment to SRH in Emergencies
To be in the tract again at the national level, FPOP has re-connected with its partners in the humanitarian network, primarily with the office of the Health and Emergency Bureau (HEMB) of DOH and the UNFPA. FPOP initiated the advocacy to engage the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) of local government units or LGUS in Metro Manila. Its goal is to introduce the MISP framework as part of strengthening the preparedness capacities of DRRMCs.
Guided by this goal, FPOP was able to host the Dissemination Forum with HEMB-DOH, UNFPA, DSWD and DRRMC officers of some cities in Metro Manila in August 31, 2016. The forum paved the way for the forging of formal partnership among key government agencies tasked to institutionalize and implement MISP during emergencies.
Three months after the forum, a joint-Memorandum Order was declared in early December 2016 by the DOH, DILG, and DSWD for the said agencies to work together in cascading the MISP framework down to the local government unit (LGU) level. An RH Coordinating Team or RHCT was also formally organized composed of focal persons from the key government agencies and CSO representatives, including FPOP. The RCTC that will operate at the national level will also be replicated in the LGUs at the provincial and city levels.
MISP in Conflict Areas
The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines via its Cotabato chapter successfully commenced its implementation of the Minimal Initiative Service Package Reproductive Health Medical Mission (MISP-RHMM) to the geographically isolated and depressed areas (GIDA) of North Cotabato from October to December 2016. The project was able to reach out 7,995 beneficiaries through the conduct of RHMMs amid ongoing political and armed conflicts in the areas.
The 3-month IPPF-SPRINT supported project has mobilized also the active cooperation of the local government units of North Cotabato as well as local partner organizations like the Rotary Club and other community women’s groups. The primary beneficiaries of the project were the Moro People and the Lumad Indigenous communities of Arakan, Mlang, Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Midsayap, Matalam, Magpet, and Tulunan in the province of North Cotabato.