As its service to the Filipino nation in the midst of the ongoing health crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) has committed to take part in providing timely information to the public and also within its ranks.

            POPCOM is working closely with the Department of Health (DOH) in sharing relevant infographics in its Facebook pages: Commission on Population and Development and Usap Tayo sa Family Planning. In turn, POPCOM Regional Offices are also sharing the information in their social media accounts, in an effort to reach more local audiences, as well as assist those in the provinces in addressing the spread of COVID-19 in their respective areas.

            In its website, www.popcom.gov.ph, the agency also provides correct information from the DOH related to the pandemic, including facts and myths surrounding such.

            Internally, POPCOM has created an internal hotline for its employees who may have inquiries or clarifications about the dreaded disease, and in turn can help their families and communities with an appropriate understanding of the health malady.

            Recently, the population management agency had a briefing with Health Undersecretary Enrique A. Tayag, MD, who facilitated a knowledge-transfer and capacity-building session with employees of POPCOM who will man and maintain its hotline.

            “As both a development and health-based organization, POPCOM is doing its part in reaching out to our countrymen, even with the simple task of spreading news and information on the disease. It is our desire to keep all 108 million Filipinos healthy, and encourage them to be economic contributors anew when the situation normalizes,” Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, MD, MPH said.

“More importantly, we want to instill a sense of hope among our kababayans, that with the right knowledge, we can all try to collectively conquer Covid-19,” POPCOM’s executive director expressed his optimism.