An Assessment of the All-NFP Program of the Ipil Prelature, Zamboanga, Sibugay

Code:    08-080
Date:    04/01/2008 - 10/30/2008

The 2006 Family Planning Survey indicates that 50.6% of currently married women are family planning (FP) acceptors. Of this number, 35.9% are using modern FP methods, while less than one percent (0.3%) are adopting modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.  With such low percentage of modern NFP method adopters, the Ipil Prelature in Zamboanga, Sibugay under the leadership of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma dared to ask: Has the government, as well as the Church failed to promote NFP? Or are the earlier NFP methods too difficult to adopt?

Taking on the challenge, the Research Institute of Mindanao Culture (RIMCU) conducted the study in the Ipil Prelature through a PCPD project grant.  Based on the FGD and interviews among 879 samples, 335 wives and 45 husbands are NFP acceptors; 335 wives and 40 husbands are non-NFP acceptors; and 106 wives and 18 husbands are NFP drop-outs.

Results of the study showed the Program has answered the felt needs of couples such as having more children, spacing pregnancy, and limiting the number of children.  The issue of "back-up contraceptive" and introduction of just one method (i.e., SDM) was proven to be unfounded. However, many use to use SDM because the method suits them. Those who quit using NFP either dropped out from the program because the method did not work for them or there was no follow up from the program coordinator or service provider.

Sustainability factors of the All-NFP Program in Ipil: credibility of coordinators and service providers, retrainng of the service delivery providers, development of monitoring and evaluation tools, monitoring and follow ups, and support of the parish and parish priests.