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Adreal Denver Monterona

Adreal Denver Monterona - 2016 Nominee
Position: INFORMATION OFFICER III
Organization: COMMISSION ON POPULATION REGION 3
Denver's accomplishments on FP include implementation and supervision of population programs on Responsible Parenthood-Family Planning, Adolescent Reproductive Health, and Population & Development in Region 3 covering 17 local government units. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Having the opportunity to be the technical head in implementing the Philippine Population Management Program in Central Luzon, my responsibilities include supervising the conduct of programs, projects, & activities on family planning & reproductive health, through training & demand generation, monitoring & evaluation, & policy formulation & recommendation, guided by our agency's Regional Director & Assistant Director. In terms of personal achievement, with the help of the agency I work for, Commission on Population Region 3, I was able to spearhead advocacy campaigns & projects effectively focusing on sexuality & reproductive health rights awareness & empowering youth on youth-related issues & concerns including rising cases of teen pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections among others.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Experiences & stories from family, friends, & other people from my community about problems on family planning & reproductive health like high unmet need for FP, as well as high incidences of teen pregnancy & STIs including HIV, pushed me to work for a government agency whose function is based on the fundamentals of FP & RH. It is this high interest & passion to provide FP & RH education which fuels me to work in order to help provide solutions for the said issues, even at such a young age.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Among the present challenges affecting FP efforts in Central Luzon are limited funds for program implementation & presence of conscientious objectors in some sectors of the community. Because of these, my tasks as part of POPCOM Region 3 include developing strategies to empower the grassroots to be aware of FP & RH rights & consequently demand for related services, & resource mobilization through strengthened partnership with local & regional partners to ensure program sustainability.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Delivery of quality SRHR information & services especially in GIDAs should be prioritized at the local, regional & national levels. Through this, we empower youth, families & communities in attaining a better quality of life & help achieve the SDGs contributing to good health & well-being, gender equality, reduction of inequalities, & achieving sustainable communities. This can be addressed through effective networking, as well as unified planning, implementation, & monitoring & evaluation.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

My next five years involve full service to develop, implement, & monitor population-related strategies in Central Luzon anchored on the principles of FP & RH. But beyond that, I would also like to be part of helping these strategies translate into positive FP & RH indicator-results such as high contraceptive prevalence rate, reduced maternal and neonatal mortality incidences, decreased unmet need for FP, as well as lowered cases on teen pregnancies, STIs, & early sexual encounters, among others.

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