Category Archives: Advocacy

Providing Access to SRH Services Through the Safety Pantry

On May 28, 2021, sixteen (16) Safety Pantries have been launched simultaneously, by the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) in different locations, as part of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health.

As the Covid19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of Filipinos, FPOP recognizes that people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights should be unhampered. The organization aims to extend sexual and reproductive health services and commodities, and other necessities through the FPOP Safety Pantry.

On the Safety Pantry tables, vitamins, condoms, lubes, contraceptive pills, alcohol wipes, sanitary napkins, malunggay supplements (capsule), baby dresses, diapers, and pregnancy and hygiene kits are available. People can also take home biscuits, rice, vegetables, canned goods, noodles, and even face shields and masks. Services on family planning, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, HIV testing and counseling, Hepatitis B screening, implant and IUD insertion, cervical cancer screening, and pre-natal check-up are also available. Standard safety protocols against Covid-19 were observed in the Safety Pantry sites located in:

1. Barangay 32, Tondo, Manila

2. Barangay Silangan, Quezon City

3. Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City

4. Baguio Public Market

5. T. Alonzo Street in Baguio City

6. Barangay Panamitan, Kawit in Cavite

7. Barangay Sta. Cruz, Naga in Camarines Sur

8. Sorsogon City

9. Arakan in North Cotabato

10.Barangay Dadiangas in General Santos City

11. Barangay Maimpis in Pampanga

12. Barangay Poblacion, Alaminos in Pangasinan

13. Surigao City

14. Davao City

15. Iloilo City

16. Masbate City

Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, the items given away came from various donors who support the advocacy the organization pursues. Building on the same idea, FPOP opted to name the initiative Safety Pantry as the word “safety” connotes a message of comfort and is safe and protected against sexually transmitted infection, HIV, unintended pregnancy, and sexual and gender-based violence.

The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) is a service-oriented organization providing sexual and reproductive health services to all Filipinos. It has 12 active organization chapters with 17 Community Health Care Clinics offering an integrated package of essential services on family planning and reproductive health.

FPOP is one of the oldest and biggest volunteer organizations in the Philippines. It was founded on August 4, 1969, out of a merger of two organizations that pioneered the family planning movement in the Philippines. It is a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Aside from various community activities such as the Safety Pantry, adolescent learning sessions, house-to-house outreach, and reproductive health medical missions, FPOP also provides free online consultation and other SRH services through their hotline called FPOP youRHotline. It can be reached on Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourhotline.ph or mobile number: 0998-988-8826, 8 AM to 10 PM daily.

FPOP Safety Pantry Facebook Live Links:

North Cotabato https://www.facebook.com/ranny.labiaga/videos/3908005145934432/

Cavite https://fb.watch/5M7MSUUoQp/

General Santos City https://www.facebook.com/FPOPSOCCSKSARGENChapter/videos/524482665583544/https://www.facebook.com/FPOPSOCCSKSARGENChapter/videos/2243189549195048/

Surigao
https://www.facebook.com/fpopsurigao1969/videos/1146591945812218/

Brgy. Silangan, QC
https://www.facebook.com/famplan.ph/videos/1411139825932214/

Plantable pencils, anyone?

Have you heard of pencils that can be planted?

A young company based in Cebu called Eco Hub Cebu has innovated the plantable pencils. The development of the pencil that can grow into plants was realized to help lessen global warming and raise awareness about the environment.

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Eco Hub Cebu said one can grow plants from pencils by simply placing the stub on moist soil.

They explained the product is no different to regular pencils, except that its tail end is a “gelatin capsule” that contains plant seeds instead of an eraser enclosed in a metal case.

The capsules of each pencil are preservative-free, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) allergen-free, and gluten-free.

The pencil, which is lead-free, is made up of sustainable wood, graphite, clay, and non-GMO seeds.

It also comes in variety namely tomato, sunflower, carrot, citronella seeds, and basil, which is their fastest growing plant, germinating between five to ten days after planting.

Eco Hub Cebu also offers other sustainable products such as reusable straws and utensils.

Source: Manila Bulletin Online, Flying Ketchup

Activities You Can Do While Visiting Orphanages

While visiting the orphanages, you can do lots of such activities that can amuse the kids. Let’s have a look on some of these activities which can create fun and enjoyment among children of orphanages;

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Face and Nail Painting

Children really like face and nail painting and enjoy this activity very much. You can select any theme to paint the faces and nails of children. Colorful nails

Colorful Hand

Another great activity that you can do in orphanages is applying different colors to the hand of children and asks them to paste these hands on some charts and wallpapers. Children love to do this colorful hands activity.

Soccer Games

Soccer game in one of those activities in which children want to participate enthusiastically. You can make soccer teams of children who are living in orphanages and can organize competitions among these teams. This could be a full day activity with lots of fun and enjoyment.

Jumping Rope

kids love physical activities but children in orphanages have very limited options in terms of games and other physical activities. So, if you are planning to visit an orphanage, the jumping rope can be definitely an amusing activity for the orphans.

Water Fights (in the summer)

If you are planning to visit an orphanage in the summer, you can select water fight activity to please the children of orphanages. This will be a great memorable fun for the children.

Story telling

You can plan a story telling activity with the kids. Show them some pictures and ask them to make a story. You can also tell an interesting story to them, which they can enjoy.

You can plan different activities according the age of the children. Younger children can enjoy poem singing and painting too.