Category Archives: Safety tips

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/

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Philippines is experiencing an average of 18-20 typhoons or tropical cyclones every wet season from May to October yearly, which means a threat to everyone’s home and people’s health. That said, here are some ways to prepare your home for the rainy season in the Philippines.

Photo by Ross Sneddon on Unsplash

1. Monitor latest weather bulletins and forecasts (e.g.  www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph and www.windy.com ).

2. Ensure that emergency supplies and equipment are available in the office and at home .

3. Plan ahead and prepare. Formulate  family emergency plans (i.e. evacuation plans and procedure,, communication and reunification plans).

4. Inspect house for  roof leaks, cracked walls, clogged drainage and roof gutters, and address issues accordingly.

5. Keep an updated list of contact details of emergency response agencies, local DRRM offices, volunteer rescue organizations of the locality where you reside.

From Doki Natividad of Energy Development Corporation – Emergency Management Unit.

The Best Safety Practice Tips from a COVID Survivor

This is worth sharing especially from someone who live to tell the harrowing story of surviving COVID19.

As a COVID Survivor, I come to realize that applying the best safety practices (other than a healthy immune system) for CoViD is the hallmark that one can follow so that he/she can be out of the complications of the disease. It made me create the 12 COMMANDMENTS OF SAFETY FOR COVID-19 which is a mnemonics of Tips to protect everyone from infection:

C  –  Cover properly your mouth and nose with appropriate Mask (surgical mask, properly sewn cloth mask, N95, or O2 Canada Mask and if possible, with face shield)

O  –  Observe frequent Hand washing (with soap and water) or hand sanitizing

M –  Mind the physical distancing norms (6 feet apart)

M –  Mind the coughing and sneezing etiquette

A –  Avoid touching your face particularly the mouth, eyes, or nose

N  –  Never stay or move away quickly from crowded areas

D  –  Do not go out of your house unless it is necessary

M –  Minimize or avoid contact with frequently-touched public materials (e.g. knobs, toilet faucets) or common public surfaces (e.g. rails, counter/teller platform). Use foot, back of hand or elbow to open doors, use ‘extensions’ like Key 9 Bronze tool to press ATM and elevator buttons, use plastic bag holders, use gloves, bring exact fare when paying, etc

E  –  Emphasize in having air movement inside vehicle (2-3 inches opening with or without aircon), or in enclosed rooms by opening windows or doors to allow ventilation (better if with fans to form wind tunnel)

N –  Never forget to sanitize item/s frequently used or handled (cellular phone, car keys, computer keyboard)

T  –  Take a bath once you come from work, market, or any crowded area

S  –  Secure in a small plastic bag or simply fold properly used mask, gloves or any PPE before throwing it in the trash bin

Crisis expert Dr. Ted Esguerra was tested for COVID last March.

Dr. Esguerra is an Operational Medicine Instructor at International Disaster Response Network from the Philippines. He is the Expedition & Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Physician of the Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team and the Voyage of the Balangay. He is a Flight Surgeon and the Officer-in-Charge of the elite medical rescue team: The Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART) of the Philippine Coast Guard. He is trained on Urban and Wilderness Rescue, Aviation Medicine, Expedition Medicine for Tropical and Alpine Mountain Operations, Tactical Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Aquatic/Dive Medicine and high altitude medicine. (From his LinkedIn account)