Countdown to Gold
"POPCOM 50th Anniversary"
February 19, 2019
Hon. Alexandria “Queenie” P. Gonzales
District representative, Mandaluyong
POPCOM AT 49: FOR A QUALITY LIFE – AFTER BIRTH
(Inspirational Message delivered during the 49th Anniversary of the Population Commission)
Sec. Ernesto Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Chairman of the POPCOM Board of Commissioners; Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, Executive Director of POPCOM; representatives of the different government agencies – DOLE, DOH, and DepEd; and to you my dear friends and colleagues in the Population Commission:
The past 49 years in the life of the POPCOM is replete with all sorts of stories: of challenges, of overcoming a myriad of obstacles, of being misunderstood, and of being recognized as a key player in the country’s march toward the dream of development. Yes, for the past forty-nine years you – the officers and staff of POPCOM – have plodded on with one of the most difficult tasks any government or non-government agency has ever undertaken: give shape, meaning, and direction to the country’s comprehensive population management program.
Given the strong cultural and religious undertones of the population issue, you and I know only too well whereof I speak. The long-drawn battle for the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 was probably one of the most difficult measures Congress had to pass then. Facing strong opposition from certain streams in the religious sector, the RH Law’s passage is one that can be considered the pinnacle of POPCOM’s effort in institutionalizing its mandate. I am sure that for you, and for other reproductive health advocates, that law is THE milestone in your five decades of being in the forefront of the country’s population management program.
You and I know for a fact that one of the key issues in addressing the problem of poverty and development in our country is population. An uncontrolled population exacts a toll on the resources of government. Let’s just take the area of education as a concrete example. If we just assume that 2.4 million children are born each year, the public education system needs to build 54,000 classrooms every year to accommodate the growing population.
Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia
National Economic and Development Authority
Chair, POPCOM Board of Commissioners
For the celebration of Commission on Population’s 49th Anniversary and launch of the
Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) Directional Plan (DP) 2017-2022
Partners from the Commission on Population headed by Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez;
Friends from the Government: DOH Asec. Maria Francia Laxaman and Dr. Diego Danila, Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales represented by Mr. Al Abainza, NEDA Usec. Jose Miguel Dela Rosa and friends from DOLE and DepEd.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Join me in congratulating the Commission on Population for reaching another milestone in 49 years of service to Filipinos. It is with great pride that we launch the Philippine Population Management Program Directional Plan for 2017-2022.
Since 1969, POPCOM has shown strength in promoting well-planned and empowered Fiilipino families through population management and family planning services; attesting its role as the central policy-making, planning, coordinating, and monitoring body of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).
Population Management is essential for poverty alleviation and development. The Duterte Administration’s 0-10-point socio-economic agenda boasts of inclusive development directed towards achieving the Filipinos’ collective aspiration of “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay” or here in POPCOM, “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino.” Part and parcel to achieve thses is the strengthening of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law implementation that helps poor couples make informed choices on family planning.
February 19, 2018
[email protected]: Countdown to Gold
The Commission on Population (POPCOM) will celebrate its 49th year anniversary on February 19, 2018 with the theme [email protected]: Tungo sa Matatag, Maginhawa, at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino.
Since its creation, POPCOM has taken the lead in contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all Filipino families by empowering them through responsible parenting, quality health, education and population and development integration.
“Maka-aasa kayo na kami sa POPCOM ay patuloy na magiging kaagapay sa responsableng pagpaplano ng pamilya, tutulong sa paghubog ng kabataang Pinoy at magbabahagi ng kaalaman sa pagpaplano kasama ang lokal na pamahalaan tungo sa sama-samang pag-unlad,” said POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan A. Antonio Perez III.
A one-day event will be conducted in POPCOM grounds on February 20 that will feature the launch of the agency’s Philippine Population Management Program Directional Plan (PPMP-DP) for the year 2017-2022.
The official countdown towards the agency’s 50th anniversary in 2019 will be launched on said date. Themes for the three major program components, namely: Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) and Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration will also be launched, showcasing different activities of POPCOM Central and Regional Offices nationwide to be conducted every quarter as part of the countdown.
The Philippine Population Program was officially launched through the Executive Order No. 171 and POPCOM was mandated to serve as the central coordinating and policy making body of the government in the field of population since 1969.
January 2, 2018
Philippine workforce grows at second highest rate in population
107 Million Filipinos by end-2018
The Philippine population will continue to increase throughout 2018 and is projected to reach around 107,190,081 by Dec. 31, 2018, based on projections made by the Commission on Population using the latest population census of 2015 (Philippine Statistics Authority).
A noticeable increase will also be among women of reproductive age. By the end of 2018, there will be around 27,713,110 women of reproductive age (aged 15-49), an increase of over 400,000 from the previous year’s projection. These women are usually the beneficiaries of Reproductive Health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health law. With the increasing trend of pregnancies among 10-14 year-old girls, the number of women and girls of reproductive age would be 33,114,606 (30.5% of the population).