The Provincial Population Office of Lanao del Norte through the Initiative of Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo team up with the Commission on Population of Region 10 for a Program Planning Activity. 95 Barangay and Municipal Population Officers assembled at Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall for a two (2) day activity beginning January 24 to 25, 2018  on the subject of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning.

Ananette B. Daniel, Officer In-Charge of the Provincial Population Office led the activity together with Project Evaluation Officer 1, Kristin T. Karagdag from POPCOM regional office. The main point of the discussion was to inform the local population officers of the recent changes or updates of Form 1, the Form use by the officers when gathering information or data from the couple during the interview, particularly to women who are within the reproduction age of 15 to 49 years old with regards to their sexual health and activities.

The meeting focused primarily in the translation of Form 1 from English language to Cebuano language (the most widely spoken of the Visayan languages) to break the communication barrier between the population officer and the interviewees, after receiving feedbacks of the difficulty in understanding the foreign language. The changes lessens the burden of the officer in translating the written English language to the common dialect which might have the tendency to be misunderstood or misinterpreted when explaining the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning during the session.

“Gi-translate nato ug Cebuano ang mga forms para mas mapadali ang communication between ninyo (Population Officers) ug sa mga couples, mapaspas pud inyo trabaho pasabot nga daghan mo’g results ug productive pud mo,” explains Karagdag.

This activity is in line with Executive Order No. 12 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte which requires critical actions to achieve and sustain “Zero Unmet Need” for modern family planning through strict implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act.

The PGLDN always supports the programs and projects of the National Government in promoting the common good like the programs of the Commission on Population where the PPO is always active in conducting Adolescent Health Development Classes, Pre-Marriage Counseling Sessions, Learning Package for Parent Education Classes and Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA). These are just few of the various projects of the National Government which the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte keenly adheres to in advancing the interest of the people.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo with the support of 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo and 1st District  Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo is constantly innovating and finding ways to ease the lives of the people by actively working with the various agencies of the National Government and Non-Government Organizations in implementing programs and projects in the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN