JUAN ANTONIO A. PEREZ III, MD, MPH
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has recognized the relevance of population interventions in his platform of national development. As such, he pronounced strong political will to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law as a component of the national socio-economic agenda during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). In relation to this, he issued Executive Order No. 12 to urgently attain zero unmet need for modern family planning as one of the legacies of the Philippine Health Agenda.
With the said mandates from the new Administration, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) and its implementing partners anchored the five-year Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) Directional Plan for 2017-2022 on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) which aims to realize AmBisyon Natin 2040 (Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat). To contribute to contribute to the realization of this vision, the PPMP aims to build and nurture “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino.”
With this PPMP Directional Plan serving as a collaborative framework among the key partners in implementing the population management program in the country, we hope to increase stake, engagement, and collective actions among our partners in empowering Filipino families in achieving their fertility goals within the context of responsible parenthood; in significantly reducing incidence of pregnancies among adolescents; and in enabling institutions to integrate population dynamics in their sustainable development initiatives. We hope to increase the reach and impact of the population programs not only among its partners but more importantly to every Filipino – leaving nobody behind.
With an enabling political environment, we urge our partners to integrate the population agenda set in this important Directional Plan in their respective sectoral development initiatives. As one cohesive government institution, we move together towards healthy, empowered, and well-planned Filipinos families and communities.