Family Planning Survey (FPS)

The Family Planning Survey (FPS) is a nationwide survey of women of reproductive ages. It is conducted annually by the National Statistics Office (NSO) starting in 1995. It aims to collect and compile information for the assessment of contraceptive use in the country.

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Is Up (Preliminary Results from the 2001 Family Planning Survey)

The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) or the proportion of married women 15-49 years reporting Figure 1 current use of contraceptives is up by 2.8 percentage points, from 47.0 percent in 2000 to 49.8 percent in 2001. This significant increase is primarily caused by the increase in the prevalence rate for traditional methods (14.7% to 16.8%), particularly calendar rhythm (9.5% to 10.7%) and withdrawal (4.8% to 5.7%). The use of modern methods also increased, although insignificantly, from 32.3 percent to 33.0 percent. These findings are based from the preliminary results of the 2001 Family Planning Survey (FPS) conducted by the National Statistics Office with funding assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Half of the Filipino Women Now Practicing Family Planning

Contraceptive use among married women in the Philippines has almost tripled over the last 30 years, from 17 percent in 1973 to 49 percent in 2003 (Table 1). Furthermore, two Filipino women in five who are not currently using a contraceptive method declare having the intention to use one in the future (Table 2), according to results just released by the 2003 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The National Statistics Office (NSO) conducted the NDHS, a nationally representative survey of 13,000 households, 14,000 women age 15-49 and 5,000 men age 15-54.

Contraceptive Use in the Philippines

The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) or the proportion of married women 15-49 years reporting current use of contraceptives drops to 47.0 percent in 2000 from the 49.3 percent recorded in 1999 (Figure 1). This is primarily caused by the decrease in the use of traditional methods (16.9% to 14.7%), particularly withdrawal (6.7% to 4.8%). Meanwhile, the prevalence rate of modern methods leveled off in the last two years (32.4% in 1999 and 32.3% in 2000).

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