Countdown to Gold
"POPCOM 50th Anniversary"
February 19, 2019
2018 World Population Day Highlights Family Planning as a Human Right
The Philippines joins the international community as it observes the World Population Day (WPD) on July 11, 2018. The population day is celebrated annually focusing attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. For 2018, the observance banners the theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
For the national celebration, the Commission on Population (POPCOM), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other stakeholders, will hold a Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) Caravan which aims to provide RPFP information and services to around 800 urban poor communities in Disiplina Village, Bignay, Valenzuela City. These services are Family Planning (FP) Counseling, Medical/Dental services, Pap smear services, laboratory testing, implant insertion and provision of FP commodities.
POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III said, “We recognize that access to Family Planning (FP) information and services is a right that everyone is entitled to and we must work together so that nobody will be left behind. Investing in FP is investing in the health and rights of women and couples worldwide for them to be empowered and eventually achieve a better quality of life”, said Dr. Perez. “FP is not just about access to contraceptives but also a human development as we empower them to make their choices”, Dr. Perez added.
Dr. Perez III also stressed that the government is determined to respect, promote and ultimately fulfill the promise of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law, that is, to provide universal access to family planning information and services for all women and couples.
UNFPA Country Representative Klaus Beck also added that, "When a woman can plan her family, she can plan her life. She can pursue more education, seek and keep better jobs, and contribute more to her family and her country with the benefits carrying over well into the future. This is why it is crucial that we ensure a woman's right to family planning".
According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the fertility rate of women in the Philippines dropped from an average of three children, down to 2.7. However, teenage pregnancy still remains high with 9 percent of women age 15-19 having begun childbearing. PSA data also state that there are more than 200,000 women who are pregnant with 130,000 minors giving birth every year and needing FP and adolescent health services.
Last year, President Duterte issued Executive Order No. 12 to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary to attain and sustain “zero unmet need for modern family planning” for all poor households by 2018 and beyond. He also repeatedly articulated in previous State of the Nation Address the full implementation of the RPRH Law. It can be recalled that the Temporary Restraining Order on the provision of family planning services was lifted in November 2017 when the FDA certified 51 contraceptives as non-abortifacient as required by the Supreme Court’s decision.
The Republic Act No. 10354, otherwise known as “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012” (RPRH Law), is a landmark legislation that laid the foundation to respect, protect and fulfill the reproductive health and rights of all Filipinos toward better health outcomes, and socioeconomic growth and development.
The RPFP caravan will be held simultaneously with similar activities across regions in collaboration with local government units. The activities include press conferences, fora, media guesting, film showing, provision of FP services, interactive activities on RH with adolescents (U4U) and KATROPA or Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya for men among others.
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.