Indonesians impressed with city’s RH programs-A A +A
Friday, February 8, 2013
INDONESIAN participants, mostly youth delegates, were impressed by Iloilo City’s best practices on adolescent reproductive health in their visit to the city as part of their training program held in Metro Manila.
A total of 35 Indonesian youths and their program directors coming from four provinces in Indonesia, including their capital Jakarta, were in the city from February 7 to 8, 2013 as part of their two-week training billed as the Indonesia-Philippines Strategic Approaches to Mainstreaming Adolescent-Youth Reproductive Health (IPh-Sama) which started in February 3 to see the best practices on population management in Western Visayas.
The Philippine Government has partnered with the Indonesian Government through the South-South Cooperation (SSC) for Good Practices in Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Gender Mainstreaming.
With the partnership, an exchange of expertise and experience will be developed through field exposures notably in Western Visayas starting in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, the provinces of Capiz and Aklan and Boracay Island.
The Indonesia youth group is accompanied by representatives of the Indonesia National Population and Family Planning Coordinating Board, National HIV Commission and the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA).
Liliane Amalo-Hole, director of a nongovernment organization Yayasan Tanpa Indonesia, and Djusni Meirida, of the Indonesian government agency, were impressed with the best practices on family planning and adolescent reproductive health in Iloilo City, especially on youth participation on dialogues and trainings.
Meirida was also impressed with the Philippine government’s action to curb mother and child mortality rate through a law discouraging babies to be delivered at home.
While in Iloilo City, the youth delegates interacted with their local youth counterparts from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) Iloilo chapter and visited the FPOP clinic and office to see the health services for pregnant women coming from six contiguous coastal villages here.
FPOP, a nongovernment organization organized in 1969, has 25 chapters in the Philippines and received funding assistance from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
The Iloilo chapter is headed by Mona Diones as chapter manager with Janvic Amido as chapter youth coordinator.
Iloilo is considered as one of the top performing FPOP chapters in the country with a dynamic youth organization that caters to peer counseling and youth groups especially on reproductive health and health services.