MANILA, Philippines — Nearly nine in 10 Filipino adults believe it is important for the government to allocate adequate public funding for modern family planning methods, a March 2022 Pulse Asia survey found.
The survey, released by the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), showed that 88% of respondents said it was important for the government to “allocate funds for modern methods of family planning, such as pills, IUD, ligature, condom, vasectomy.
The study also indicated that the majority of respondents across all geographies, particularly in Metro Manila (60%), Visayas (55%) and Mindanao (63%), and across all socio-economic -economic (53 to 61%) plan to fund family planning. be “very important”.
Public sentiment on the allocation of public funds to modern methods of family planning remains basically unchanged between February 2016 and March 2022, both at the national level and in the various survey subgroups.
In the latest survey, almost all or 97 to 99 percent of respondents from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Davao (Region 11) and Caraga (Region 13), and among members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and Warays (mother tongue speakers in Samar, eastern Leyte and Biliran Islands) find public funding for family planning important.
“The results of this survey confirm that our call on the government for adequate funding for modern family planning should be among the top priorities when it comes to developing the national budget,” said PLCPD Executive Director Romeo Dongeto.
The survey also showed that a large majority of Filipino adults agree that men and women are equally capable of taking on leadership roles such as leading organizations, government agencies and the country.
For 84% of Filipino adults, men and women are equally capable of assuming leadership roles.
This view is supported across all geographies and classes by 80-86% and 77-85%, respectively.
The survey revealed that only eight percent of Filipino adults either disagree with this opinion or are undecided on the issue.
“The Philippine nation has made great strides in ensuring the equal status of women with that of men in leadership positions,” Dongeto said.
“Through landmark laws and programs such as the Women’s Magna Carta and the Reproductive Health Act, we have succeeded in closing gender gaps in various areas, such as education. But we know more needs to be done,” he added.