• 1 of 10 Free Medical Check-up and Family Planning Service

    Free Medical Check-up and Family Planning Service in POPCOM every Tuesday and Thursday, 8am to 12nn

  • 2 of 10 Journey to RPRH Law

    Government, NGOs and Partners Spent P40.7B for 2015 RPRH Services

  • 3 of 10 Miguel Tanfelix is named U4U Ambassador

    Miguel Tanfelix is named U4U Ambassador

  • 4 of 10 National FP Conference 2016

    National FP Conference, Nov 20-22, 2016, Novotel Cubao QC

  • 5 of 10 POPCOM Deputy Executive Director Lolito R. Tacardon

    POPCOM welcomes its new Deputy Executive Director and Concurrent POPCOM National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Lolito R. Tacardon

  • 6 of 10 Laot

    The national entry of POPCOM Region 8 to the AHD Film Festival, "Laot" (High Seas), is an official selection to the 10th International Children's Film Festival – Bangladesh

  • 7 of 10 Malaya

    The national entry of POPCOM Region 3 to the AHD Film Festival, "Malaya" (Free), is an official selection to the 10th International Children's Film Festival – Bangladesh

  • 8 of 10 Kapit-os

    The national entry of POPCOM Region XI to the AHD Film Festival, "Kapit-os" (Poverty), is an official selection to the 10th International Children's Film Festival – Bangladesh

  • 9 of 10 Bangladesh

    Congratulations to Kapit-os, Laot and Malaya for making it to the International Children's Film Festival in Bangladesh!

    The festival will be held from January 24 to 30, 2017 at Central Public Library, Shahbagh, Dhaka along with 11 other venues throughout the country while Central Public Library will be the central venue.


  • 10 of 10 National Women's Month 2017

    March is National Women's Month! POPCOM joins the annual nationwide campaign to uphold the rights of women thru the full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710).

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Press Release
March 6, 2017

Gift of health for the Filipino Women


IT WAS in 2015 when the SC issued a TRO to DOH and its partners to “temporarily” stop “procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing or administering, advertising and promoting the hormonal contraceptive Implanon and Implanon NXT.” DOH stopped its implant services following the TRO, although progestin subdermal implant (PSI) is recognized by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as one of the safe and effective modern methods since November 2014.


In 2014, contraceptive implants were on the rise, preferred by many young Filipino women, so that by end-2015, over 100,000 had used implants. It is for this reason that DOH procured more than 500,000 units of Implanon NXT to massively offer the public with implant services – from the cities to the barrios. When the SC issued its TRO, all Implanon stocks were recalled, and they will be expiring in 2018.



With implants, POPCOM Executive Director, Dr. Juan Antonio A Perez III, explained in his demographic scenarios, Philippine population will rise by 2022 to about 110,145,592. Without implants in the national program, there will be an additional 3,804,172 births by the time President Duterte completes his term. To date, POPCOM estimates that there have been half a million unintended pregnancies since the TRO, many of which have been accompanied by over a thousand maternal deaths since 2015.     


From across the country, POPCOM regional offices and partner civil society organizations (CSOs) reported that despite the TRO, “there is still a high demand for implants.” Dr. Perez noted, “basic FP services are not provided to women with expressed needs in areas like Koronadal City and Tarlac.” In South Cotabato, women shifted to more temporary methods, like DMPA (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) or DepoProvera injectables. It was estimated, “about PhP260 million worth of implant units are nearing expiration and will be wasted if they remain unutilized.” In all the 15 regions, “there were no adverse reactions to the commodity ever reported,” he pointed out.


CSOs and private healthcare providers complained that the TRO had “planted the seed of fear from using implants.” Friendly Care Clinics in the regions observed a “growing uncertainty among current implant users.” It is also for this reason that “there is a declining access to contraceptives and FP commodities in Caloocan and Payatas,” which is also burdening the private healthcare providers.     


Meanwhile, more than one hundred thousand ordinary Filipinos had signed an online and offline signature campaign aimed at petitioning the Supreme Court “to lift the TRO.”


People trust the High Court will rather see the Filipino families empowered, instead of making them poorer, starving and dying, every day of their lives. #



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