"We urge parents to take the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) as an opportunity to bond with their children and create teachable moments together."
This is the message of Father Rusty Aggabao, Natural Family Planning Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao and a known advocate of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP).
"Since we are mandated to stay at home, parents should take this as an opportune time to practice responsible parenthood. You may involve your children in doing the household chores and make them feel your presence at home especially in this trying time," Fr. Aggabao said.
Sharing of experiences and stories on how they were able to successfully reach their dreams is just one of the teachable moments he mentioned to create a stronger relationship within the family. "This is to inspire your children to do the same," he added.
He also advised couples to take this moment to patch any misunderstanding between them and reminisce the vows they have uttered during their w
"Above all, let us fervently pray to the Lord for our safety and good health. Let us help our government in its battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by staying at home," Fr. Aggabao emphasized.
On March 16, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Proclamation No. 929 which declared the whole Philippines under a State of Calamity for a period of six (6) months from March 16, 2020 and imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine throughout Luzon from 12:00 a.m. of March 17, 2020 to 12:00 a.m. of April 13, 2020, both effective unless earlier lifted or extended as the circumstances may warrant.
A strict home quarantine is observed in all households, movement is limited to accessing basic necessities and a work from home arrangement is implemented.
In line with this, Herita O. Macarubbo, regional director of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), encouraged all couples to do their part in educating their children about COVID-19 and ensure that they stay at home and not roam the streets.
"Couples should also observe physical distancing and continue to use any Modern Family Planning methods to avoid unplanned pregnancy during this time of calamity," Macarubbo stressed. (ALM/PIA/POPCOM Press Release)