Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ILOILO City – Volunteers helping the government carry out its population management programs in the barangays in Iloilo province want to be institutionalized.

Barangay service point officers (BSPOs) believe getting organized would afford them benefits, like what barangay health workers, or BHWs, have under the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers.

“Institutionalization will provide the group with a legal identity,” Provincial Population Office head Ramon Yee told reporters.

BSPOs brought up the idea to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. during the 2017 BSPO Congress at the Pototan Coliseum on Nov. 29.

Around 2,634 BSPOs in the province gathered during the annual event. The governor was their guest.

Yee said BSPOs are the government’s “extension arms” in implementing the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) of the Department of Health.

Responsible parenthood is the “central idea” behind PPMP, according to the Health department website.

The program “is not concerned with just fertility reduction,” the department said. “It views family welfare, including individual welfare, as the central objective of the national development program.”

Moreover, BSPOs need to have a “better understanding” of AmBisyon Natin 2040 to align their programs and activities with it, Yee said.

AmBisyon Natin was one of the topics discussed during the congress, which had the theme, “BSPO supports AmBisyon 2040: Mapag-on, Matawhay kag Masulhay nga Pangabuhi sang Tagsa ka Pamilyang Pilipino.”

AmBisyon Natin envisions the kind of lives Filipinos want to live and represents their aspirations for themselves and the country over the next 25 years.

Filipino families generally dream of living a “simple and comfortable life,” with a car of their own, a medium-sized house, college-educated children, and with enough savings to get by every day, National Economic and Development Authority regional director Ro-Ann Bacal had said, citing countrywide consultations.

A national survey showed 79.2 percent of Filipinos prefers a middle-class lifestyle, Bacal said.

The survey also revealed that Filipinos consider hunger, local employment, poverty, and housing as primary economic issues that should be addressed, and that there is a need for a clean, efficient and service-oriented government, with the eradication of corruption as the most important aspect of government service that should be resolved, she added./PN


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