Company Benefits for Voluntary Surgical Sterilization

Code:    Proj-69
Date:    11/01/1977 - 12/01/1978
Duration: 13 Months

This project developed and implemented nonmonetary incentive schemes which might influence the acceptance of voluntary surgical sterilization among industrial workers. A cost-benefit analysis of these incentive schemes was undertaken. Four large industrial firms (1,000 or more employees) in Metro Manila were selected to participate in the project: a garment firm, a spinning mill, a drug company and an airline. Through their Labor-Management Coordinating Committees, the companies funded the following benefits, among others: company absorption of all hospital and medical costs of sterilization; employee-sharing of the "savings" generated by Medicare reimbursement; leave with pay; and merit bonuses. The project aimed to test which of these schemes or combination of schemes contributed to increased sterilization acceptance. A cost-benefit study was conducted to look into the effects of family planning, particularly sterilization, on fertility-related costs of the participating companies. Findings of the study indicated that companies cannot be expected to finance fertility-reducing incentives schemes, except those companies which gave generous child related fringe benefits to their employees and thus stand to gain from averted births.