Family Planning in the Workplace
Establishments which are required by law to maintain a clinic or infirmary shall provide free family planning services to their employees which shall include, but not limited to, the application or use of contraceptive pills and intrauterine device.
Did you know that you should have access to family planning in your workplace?
You read the title right ladies and gentlemen. You should have access to family planning in your working place! This is applicable for people working in a company or establishment with more than 200 employees. That is, according to Article 134 of the Labor Code and Rule 5, Sec. 5.07 of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 which states that:
“Establishments which are required by law to maintain a clinic or infirmary shall provide free family planning services to their employees which shall include, but not limited to, the application or use of contraceptive pills and intrauterine device”.
This is BUSINESS ACTION FOR FAMILY PLANNING!
BAFP aims to encourage employees to plan better for their families, and for companies to prepare better support for their employees to attain a better quality of life at home and work. It allows employees to take control of their future and gives the employers economic and business incentives.
So, what does this mean for the employees and the employer? What are the benefits that you get? And how does this help you AND the company?
Offering family planning services to your employees will be mutually beneficial for you and them. Unplanned pregnancies affect employees productivity, results in tardiness and absences, and high employee turnover. Implementing BAFP will increase your employees’ awareness about family planning which prevents unplanned pregnancies. Providing these services will help your company:
✓ Lessen employees who will avail maternity and paternity benefits
✓ Savings on Medical Insurance
✓ Lessen maternity costs
✓ Increase productivity in the workplace
✓ Lessen employee absences and tardiness
✓ Lessen employee turnover rate
✓ Lessen costs related to pregnancy and maternity, like training for relievers
✓ Increase profitability
✓ Employees will be able to perform their tasks better
✓ Better relationship with your employees
Essentially, it gives employees EASY ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES, like getting counseling and providing contraceptives. This PREVENTS UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES and taking that out of the picture will result to employees having the following:
✓ Better time management
✓ Better management of your finances
✓ Increase in productivity
✓ Secured future for your family
✓ Being able to take care of your family better
✓ You’ll get to focus on when at work and produce quality results
✓ Better quality of life both at work and at home
Now, HOW can companies implement this? Aside from having the services readily available in-house, in the clinics and infirmaries, companies can also:
- Have accredited health facilities they can recommend to employees.
- Give out free contraceptives.
- Hold short seminars on family planning.
- Send out newsletters on family planning and its benefits.
- Offer family planning counseling sessions.
- Refer employees to information sites such as https://rh-care.info to learn more about family planning and reproductive health.
- Refer employees to free online consultations on family planning such as at RH Care Info Free Online Consultation.
We believe that having access to family planning is a MUST to improve the quality of life of every family. Having it readily accessible in the workplace will be a big step in creating awareness and would greatly help employees improve both at work and at home which in turn will help the company flourish as well.
To know more about the different family planning methods, CLICK HERE.
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If you need family planning service, you can search for FP Providers near you by using our HEALTH FACILITY LOCATOR. Simply input your location, then select “Family Planning Services” and click on the search button. The results will show the health facilities providing family planning within a 10 kilometer radius from your location.