Helping address the reported surge of the number of Filipinos with unfulfilled requirements for minor surgeries and reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) services during the pandemic, the Commission on Population and Development’s POPCOM Family Wellness Clinic (PFWC) in Mandaluyong City has resumed its full operations while strictly adhering to health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

POPCOM’s Regional Director for the National Capital Region (NCR) Lydio Español said that the move was made to better serve residents of the region, as FP services like minor surgeries, bilateral tubal ligation (BTL), no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), insertion and removal of implants and intra-uterine devices or IUDs, among others, are now available at PWFC, while it observes health and safety protocols under the quarantine period. 

POPCOM’s executive director, Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, MD, MPH, said that the PFWC welcomes clients who desire to undergo permanent FP procedures such as BTL or NSV. Aside from the abovementioned, the health facility also offers other RH/FP services, the provision of injectables, as well as the dispensation of pills and condoms. Its staff members also teach natural FP methods.

Moreover, the POPCOM chief revealed that “demands for RH/FP services as well as elective procedures have increased with the shifting of the lockdowns to general community quarantine, especially in Metro Manila and nearby areas.” He believes that the PFWC’s operations, coupled with the public’s gradual resumption of activities, will be an encouragement to seek RH/FP services. The resumption of the full operations of the PFWC is also timely, according to him, as the Philippines and the rest of the global community recently commemorated World Population Day last July 11.

POPCOM’s executive director said that the PFWC has also closely collaborated with the local government unit of Mandaluyong City for any response needed relative to the proper handling of patients and clients, especially those found to have any symptoms similar to Covid-19.

Perez said such guidelines are compliant with the DOH’s Health Facilities Regulation and that of COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. He declared that “strict compliance to these standards needs to be observed as a new normal under the current health crisis until the pandemic resolves, or a vaccine is finally available to everyone.”

Licensed by the DOH as an ambulatory surgical clinic and accredited by PhilHealth for its members, the PFWC is under the management and supervision of POPCOM’s NCR Regional Office. Open from Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is ready to provide services to Metro Manila-based patients and clients, and to those in surrounding areas as soon as quarantine protocols allow their transit. They may set their appointments by calling (02) 8531-6547 and 0998-8652810. Complete operational guidelines may be sourced from POPCOM’s website: popcom.gov.ph. #

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