News - DOH, CSOs Partner for RPRH Law Implementation

The office of the National Capital Region of the Department of Health and civil society organizations are partnering to make sure the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is fully implemented, especially in communities where there is urgent unmet need for family planning among couples and women of reproductive age.

The partnership is formalized with the signing of a memorandum of agreement between DOH-NCR and the Philippine Center for Population and Development, representing three CSOs that would provide family planning information and services in selected cities in Metro Manila.

These CSOs and the areas where they will operate are the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines in the southern part of Caloocan, the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines in the northern part of Caloocan, and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines in Manila and Paranaque.  These cities are among those with the highest unmet need in Metro Manila.

Under the RPRH law, CSOs are recognized as key partners of government in promoting, advocating for, and providing accessible and quality RH services, including family planning, at all levels of government.

DOH-NCR will provide PhP 1.8 million to the three CSOs to carry out information and service delivery activities for six months that could result in at least 3,000 new acceptors for family planning in each city.

PCPD, on the other hand, would provide each CSO with PhP 500,000.00 to serve as a bridge fund for initial meetings and training as well as for administrative cost associated with the delivery of family planning services.  

DOH-NCR director Ariel Valencia and PCPD executive director Jonathan Flavier signed the agreement during the regular meeting of the national implementation team of the RPRH law last March 4 at the DOH national office.

This DOH-CSO partnership is meant to be a template for a similar engagement in other DOH regional offices.