MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This year, 2020, we begin our work afresh with new perspectives and prospects of positive change and innovations. We reboot our work plans for population and development, leaving behind limited population planning.
This year, 2020, we will emerge as an agency focused intensely on population and development, ensuring that the lofty goals of our international and national visions for Philippine society have a firm footing to stand on, as we scale the mountain of underdevelopment and poverty that have shackled our people for the last 150 years.
As the lead agency of the population and development sector, our entire organization must lead and sustain the initiative nationally and regionally to make sure member national agencies and their regional offices are fully on board on the National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP).
Our essential allies, local governments and their population structures and volunteers must feel our presence and strong support for their work and we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them in agreed priority areas and communities.
To fill in the gap, POPCOM through NPPFP must be able to build, strengthen, and mobilize institutional partnerships and networking with development partners, civil society, and the private sector to fill in the gap when local efforts and resources are inadequate. We continue to reach out to the marginalized population groups such as adolescents and teen mothers, workers, urban poor, farmers, fisherfolk and those in the last frontier to ensure inclusive development and that no one is left behind.
POPCOM will strongly take the lead in mobilizing the private health sector and work with civil society and different health organizations and enterprises related to ensure universal access to family planning and reproductive health services.
POPCOM’s immediate program is aimed at achieving the early gains from the demographic dividend in a comprehensive manner.
In 2020, we set our sights on a development agenda that will bring us to the threshold of a Philippine Demographic Dividend in the decade of the 2020s. Let us continue to evolve and be relevant within the ever changing landscape of development in the country. Let us not falter but move ever forward!
Roll Back Adolescent and Teen Pregnancy Nationwide!
Achieve Family Planning for All Filipinos!
Empower Filipino Families!
-Usec. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, MD, MPH