Adreal Denver Monterona
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.