Population and Development Integration
Program Manager : Mr. Lolito R. Tacardon - Regional Director, NCR
Assistant : Ms. Marilyn Ogaya - Planning Officer IV, RPO IV
The need to integrate population concerns in development has long been recognized internationally and nationally. The 1967 UN Declaration of Population stated that the population problem is a principal element in long-range national planning. This was seconded by the World Population Conference in Bucharest in1974 which stated in its World Population Plan of Action that “the essential aim of the population program is the social, economic and cultural development of countries; it recognizes that population variables and development are interdependent; and that population policies and objectives are an integral part (constituent elements) of socioeconomic development policies.”
During the ICPD in 1994, the indisputable interrelationship of population and development (POPDEV) was given emphasis in its Programme of Action. The ICPD articulated the need to meet the needs of individuals within the framework of universally recognized human rights standards instead of merely meeting demographic goals. The adoption of this Programme of Action marks a new phase of commitment and determination to effectively integrate population issues into socioeconomic development proposals and to achieve a better quality of life for all individuals, including those of future generations. Essentially, it promoted the integration of population factors in sustainable development initiatives. Recognizing the interrelationships between population, sustained economic growth, and sustainable development is a key element of the integrated strategy.
Recognizing the importance and necessity of integrating population dimensions in development initiatives and processes, the PPMP will continue to adopt POPDEV integration as its key strategy. This key program component and strategy essentially seeks to put people – their needs and aspirations – as the main consideration in developing policy and program interventions. It promotes a mindset that explicitly recognizes people as the subject and object of development.
As a population management strategy, POPDEV integration is defined as the explicit consideration and integration of population dynamics and dimensions in the critical steps of any development initiative, such as plan and program development, policy formulation, database management and utilization, and other efforts that aim to improve, in a sustainable manner, the development conditions of the people and the locality in which they live.
The strategy seeks, in the long term, to enable institutions to create an enabling environment for people to achieve their development goals through a well-managed population. Having a well-managed population means the achievement of population processes and outcomes that are consistent with, complementary to, and facilitative of socioeconomic and human development. It is about making a connection between population factors and development initiatives to ensure integrated and sustainable development. Explicitly integrating population into economic and development strategies will both speed up the pace of sustainable development and poverty alleviation and contribute to the achievement of population objectives and an improved quality of life of the population.
Adolescent Health and Youth Development
Program Manager: Ms. Magdalena G. Abellera - Regional Director, RPO V
Assistant: Mr. Reynaldo O. Wong - Regional Director, RPO IX
The Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) is one of the key component programs of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP). The overall goal of the AHYD Program is to contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young Filipinos ages 10-14; 15-19 and 20-24 through their sexual and reproductive health. Specifically it aims to contribute to the reduction of the incidence of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS among young people which are aligned with the thrusts of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action (PoA).
As the government agency tasked to manage the AHYD Program, the Philippine Commission on Population leads in the coordination and monitoring of relevant initiatives in the areas of:
- Policy support
- Service delivery
- Capacity building
- Advocacy and information, communication and education (IEC)
- Research and management information system
Moreover, the Commission works hand in hand with the Department of Health and other stakeholders both public and private in linking demand and services through the development and piloting of demand generation strategies and conduct of researches that merit appropriate policy and program responses. The efforts of the Commission involve and target the various level of stakeholders including the young people themselves as the primary stakeholder, the family, specifically the parents as primary sexuality educators and the school, government, church and media as supporting institutions. With concerted efforts, necessary services and information which are crucial to the development of the total well-being of the young people will be made available wherever they go--- home, school, church and community.
Reproductive Health / Responsible Parenthood / Family Planning
Program Manager : Mr. Lydio M. Español Jr. - Regional Director, RPO IV
Assistant : Ms. Marites U. Cipriano - Planning Officer III, PMED
Specifically, POPCOM would like to help couples / parents exercise responsible parenting to achieve their desired number, timing and spacing of their children, and to contribute in improving the maternal, neonatal and child health, and nutrition (MNCHN). POPCOM does these through the following:
- Fund releases for the conduct of Responsible Parenting Classes in the barangays
- Partnership with MSWD in the conduct of Family Development (FDS) Sessions in 4Ps areas in the region
- Partnership with DOH in the Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) through tracking of couples with unmet need in family planning during FDS sessions
- Establishment and maintenance of an online web-based reporting system of couples reached
- Conduct of capability building activities on Pre-Marriage Counseling for LGUs, and other related competencies
- Development, production and dissemination of advocacy/ IEC materials
- Observance of special population events (e.g. Natural Family Planning Week, Family Planning Month)