“Our population management program aims to help achieve a healthy and effective balance between our population and resources for the welfare of our children…”
–    Former president Fidel Valdez Ramos (second from left), from his State of the Population speech delivered on November 23, 1992 during POPDEV Week at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace

The Secretariat of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) profoundly honors the legacy of former Philippine president Fidel Valdez Ramos who passed away on Sunday, July 31.

According to Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, MD, MPH, the former chief executive was a staunch pillar of support and persistent advocate for family planning and population management throughout his administration from 1992 and beyond.

“The former president’s development policy firmly put people at the center of development,” the POPCOM executive director shared. “He was, during his presidency up to the last years of his active life, a firm believer of the benefits of family planning.”

In a keynote speech at the first National Family Planning Conference in November 2016, Dr. Perez noted that Mr. Ramos’ enjoined every one, particularly government leaders, to support and provide the necessary political will in implementing the country’s family planning program, including the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law or Republic Act 10354.

The POPCOM chief added: “Personally, I saw him as truly devoted and focused on development work—perhaps more than many of our presidents. He was also a contributor not just to national development, but also the peace process. As a true development worker, he wanted to see the best for the Philippines.”

He concluded, “As a former commander-in-chief, Mr. Ramos was a champion of our work in development, and one who is truly worthy of the Filipinos’ recognition and honor.”