Family Planning Services in the Philippines

The provision of family planning services and commodities in the Philippines is done through the health centers where they are given for free. However, it was noted that scarce resources and a fast growing population has led to the shortage of family planning commodities. The USAID has already recommended that the Philippine government reduces its dependence on donations and use of its public funds by tapping other sectors, such as the private sector (profit and non-profit) and NGOs to share in the responsibility of providing family planning services.

The USAID has already launched private sector programs in an attempt to create a public-private sector mix of service provision and use, and reduce too much dependence on government funds. It has been noted by the 2006 Family Planning Survey that there is a significant shift in the sources of pills and condoms from the public sector to the private sector. The private sector provided most recent supply of pills to 56.6% of users of this method in 2006 compared to 46.5% in 2005. The private sector was also the most recent source of condom for 82.7% of women in 2006 compared to 73.7% in 2005. These figures indicate a growing potential market for private sector family planning commodities and services as more people are now turning to the private sector as source of these commodities.

The local government units were given the responsibility of making available to their constituents information on family planning methods. But lack of adequate funding and staff rendered these units incapable of extending these services.