The Department of Health (DOH) together with the Commission on Population (POPCOM) and the Forum for Family Planning and Development, Inc. hope to gather ONE MILLION SIGNATURES so that the Supreme Court will now lift the TRO. This is the unified Call to Action as they spearhead the first National Family Planning Conference in Novotel, Quezon City with the theme: ‘Accelerating Progress in Family Planning: Policies, Good Practices and Future Directions’.

Most women of reproductive age (81%) in the country either want to delay or prevent childbearing based on the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) 2013. And 18% of these women are NOT using any contraceptive method. They are at risk of unwanted pregnancy and have an unmet need for family planning. The conference aims to reduce the unmet need for family planning, which is one of the expressed guarantees of the Philippine Health Agenda.

“The relevance of this gathering is fueled by the critical challenges we are facing everyday to promote the rights of couples and individuals to plan their families, big or small. The standing TRO on the Certification of Modern Methods of Contraceptives issued by the Supreme Court is one of the roadblocks ahead. We have other glaring issues in front of us that this conference hopes to address: fragmented health care delivery system, lack of general political commitment, dearth of skilled manpower, sustainable budget and funding to name a few. The research and data presented in this conference will lead to solutions overcoming obstacles while the eager participation of different sectors shall ignite new ideas and broaden networks to advance our actions,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial explained.

One of the much-awaited highlights of the conference is the launch of the PURPLE RIBBON AWARD. This aims to recognize Local Government Units (LGUs) as well as civil society organizations for their exemplary practices, accomplishments, and innovations in the implementation of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program.

Family Planning is one of the pillars to ensure rapid reduction of maternal death and at the same time achieving the desired family size of women or couples among the poorest of the poor families in the country

“We already fought a good fight but it doesn’t stop there. In the many years to come, the programs on Family Planning shall continue to reach every Filipino and give them much needed information and services they rightfully deserve so that we will attain universal access for all women, men, and young people to comprehensive reproductive health care.” Secretary Ubial concluded.

You can join in the signing of the petition in this link.