Family Planning in the Workplace

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According to Article 134 of the Labor Code and Rule 5, Sec. 5.07 of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, establishments which are required by law to maintain a clinic or infirmary shall provide free Family Planning services to their employees.

That means that companies and/or employers – who employ more than 200 workers (see Sec. 11, Rule XII, Employment of Women and Minors) – are in fact obligated by law to give their workers and employees access to family planning services for free.

People often think that family affairs should not be brought into the workplace. That may be true in some cases, however family planning and responsible parenting issues are exceptions to that unspoken rule.

As part of their commitment to their workers and employees, the employers also have the responsibility to take care of the workers’ welfare by bringing family planning into the workplace. This is not merely a moral obligation, but as a matter of fact, a legal obligation.

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Though this may sound like another risky, money-spending investment to business-minded, profit-oriented people, numerous studies have shown that integrating Family Planning in the workplace has concrete and major benefits not only for the workers and the employees, but for the company and employers as well.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) one of the most common benefits of having a Family Planning program integrated in the workplace is improved productivity.

In a 2008 study conducted by the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and led by University of the Philippines economics professor Benjamin Diokno, it was shown that having better access to FP services in their workplace helped employees prevent unplanned pregnancies and afforded them opportunities to efficiently and better manage their time and resources. This enables them to focus more on their work and produce quality results which then lead to an increase in productivity and to the economic growth of the company.

Having an integrated family planning program in the workplace also increased awareness and knowledge about family planning among the workers and boosted their desire to use FP methods. With a majority of the workers using contraceptive methods, there were less people who availed of maternity and/or paternity leaves, which allowed the companies to garner savings in medical insurance and hiring of temporary employees.

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Integrating family planning in the workplace is, in the words of renowned journalist Ana Santos, “good business sense”. It allows workers and employees to improve the quality of their lives by being able to control and plan their families and their futures, while also giving the companies economic and business incentives.

FriendlyCare can help your company in compliance with this DOLE regulation with Installation of FP in the Workplace full circle program. FriendlyCare has the professional expertise to help you install FP in your company. FP in the workplace will help increase productivity in your workplace and take care of your employees at the same time.

Happy workers equal happy workplaces and happy companies. For more information about installation of FP in the workplace, contact us at FriendlyCare and we will bring the Family Planning services you and your workers need, straight to your companies.

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Sources:

http://www.unfpa.org.ph/index.php/news/48-business-sector-takes-active-role-in-family-planning

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/16313-family-planning-makes-good-business-sense