Roilo Vincent Laguna

Roilo Vincent Laguna - 2017 Nominee
Position: Information Officer III
Organization: Commission on Population Regional Office 6
Current Location: Iloilo, Philippines
Bachelor in Journalism from West Visayas State University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Studying Master in Mass Communication
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Performing Information Officer
    Awarding Organization:
    Philippine Information Agency Region VI
    Date Awarded:
    December 2, 2016
  • Award:
    Youth Achievement Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Iloilo Provincial Government
    Date Awarded:
    April 10, 2014
As information officer, Roilo has been training young people on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and adults on responsible parenthood and family planning for eight years in his region, reaching out to indigenous people in far-flung areas. – Jackylin Robel, Division Chief at Commission on Population Central Office
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As head of the Technical Section, I lead in coordinating and promoting the Philippine Population Management Program among Local Government Units and relevant partners in Western Visayas. I design programs and activities to further Adolescent Health and Development as a way of inculcating to the young people the relevance of responsible sexuality and ultimately responsible parenthood and family planning. Through my position in the government, I was able to raise public awareness the importance of family planning through tri-media, social media, and most importantly reaching the vulnerable sectors of the society- knowing where and who they are. Furthermore, I was able to reinforce at the local level the participation of young people in governance as they will eventually be future leaders.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am a product of the advocacy since I was trained as member of youth core group since high school. Eventually, I landed a job in the Population Office in Iloilo after graduating from college and was hired at the Commission on Population-Region VI. Since then, I was exposed to the field witnessing the realities of life and was ignited that given correct information and proper guidance, young people, couples, and individuals can make responsible choices in life leading to nation-building.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I lead the Technical Section in the planning, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluation of the Philippine Population Management Program especially at the local level by conducting collaborative meetings and advocacy activities among population workers, volunteers, and other stakeholders. Using their feedback, I also take the lead in redesigning interventions to make the program more responsive and purposive. Another, I build opportunities for young people to prepare them as future parents.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Given this rare opportunity, I will further the advocacy in Western Visayas in ensuring that demand generation activities are properly coordinated in service provision by strengthening the Information and Service Delivery Network in every Local Government Unit. This strategy refers to the network of facilities, institutions, and providers within the local health and social system offering information, training, and core packages of health and social care services in an integrated manner.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Family Planning Month Celebration among "Aeta" Community in Sagay City, Negros Occidental., Advocacy among males on their participation in gender and development and maternal and child care., All-girl advocacy concert during the World Population Day in the province of Antique.

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