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April 8, 2005

Last Saturday, April 2, 2005, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines–Samar Chapter had their General Membership Meeting and Election of Council Officers.

The following were elected into office for a term of three years (2005 - 2008):

President:  Christine AC. Caidic (Media )
Vice-President:  Helen Hernandez (Business Sector)
Secretary:  Laiminh Mabulay (Women's Sector)
Treasurer:  Dr. Cornelio Solis (Medical Society)
Council Members:
Sheryl Arcales - Provincial LGU
Herminia Cabral - Socio-Civic Groups
Zenaida Carcillar - Community Based Volunteer
Rizza Jatulan - Community Based Volunteer
Ma. Paz Menda - Federation of Barangay Health Workers
Dolphy Patosa - Community Health Sector
Emilio Rama III - Commission on Population
Perfecta Sabenicio - Municipal LGU
Dennis Cosmod - Youth Sector
Stephanie Uy - Youth Sector

The President and the Treasurer (who both happens to be with Gugma Han Samar) will represent FPOP-Samar Chapter in the FPOP-National Council Triennial Assembly this coming 30th of April 2005 in Manila.

Of the 35 local chapters in the entire country, Samar ranks 3rd in terms of sustainability. This is because of the performance of the community-based volunteers and the clinic staff.

There are more than 80 community-based volunteers for FPOP-Samar and about 250 members.

The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines is a duly registered private voluntary organization in the Philippine Societies and Exchange Commission.  It was established on August 4, 1969 as a result of a merger between the two pioneering organizations in the country's family planning movement - the Planned Parenthood Movement of the Philippines and the Family Planning Association of the Philippines.  It is a proud member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the international organization of more than 150 Family Planning Associations worldwide, having been given recognition of an affiliate member since 1969.

With the poverty and population problems prevailing in Samar, and even in the entire Region VIII, both the national and local governments are facing difficulties in the implementation of their development agenda.

For FPOP-Samar, the Municipal Government of Catbalogan has been very supportive by financially subsidizing the Chapter's operation.  Mayor Coefredo Uy pledged 60 thousand pesos for 2005, and the two (2) municipal lady councilors, Hon. Herminia Cabral and Hon. Perfecta Sabenicio, have both pledged 20 thousand pesos each from their community development funds.

The only local chief executive who joined as member of the FPOP–Samar chapter is the City Mayor of Calbayog - Hon. Mel Senen S. Sarmiento.

One of the strong arms of FPOP-Samar at present is the youth sector, and they call themselves the WARAYA - the youth advocates on adolescent reproductive health.




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