The government of the Philippines will provide free contraceptives to 6 million poor women, in a drive to ensure “zero unmet need for family planning.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to
distribute free contraceptives, to locate couples who might want
contraceptives, and to recruit local agencies to join in the drive to
cut down population growth.
The family-planning campaign in the
predominantly Catholic country is being touted as a major part of
Duterte’s drive to trim the nation’s poverty rate.