TABUK CITY – Mayor Darwin Estrañero and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD)-Cordillera signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Wednesday aiming to enhance city-wide access to population and development programs, focusing on family planning and responsible parenthood.
This partnership is designed to ensure that every family in the city has access to essential population and health services, particularly those related to responsible parenthood and reproductive health.
Provisions in the MOA highlight the growing national concern about early pregnancies among adolescents, emphasizing the urgent need for government agencies at all levels to take action to reduce this trend.
“This agreement is crucial in curbing teenage pregnancies and achieving demographic dividends, a key development objective with the potential to enhance the country’s socio-economic growth, especially in poverty reduction”, the MOA reads.
The MOA outlines expected collaboration outcomes, including strengthened strategies and decision-making processes, education campaigns to reduce teen pregnancies, integration of population development, capacity-building for workers, improved services, network expansion, partnership growth, resource mobilization, and enhanced program monitoring.
Leading the MOA signing from CPD-CAR were Regional Director Cecile Aguilan Basawil and OIC Assistant Regional Director Job David J. Manalang, along with City Population Office Head Jonalyn Kaiser and her team. By Ruth Cupang