The Commission on Population (POPCOM) is the agency mandated to be the
central policy-making, planning, coordinating, and monitoring body for the population program. As such, it has been implementing the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) since 1969. However, the
Commission and the Program underwent critical changes in the last four decades. In 1987, the family planning program was transferred from POPCOM to the Department of Health (DOH). Moreover, POPCOM’s
mother agency has changed from the Office of the President, to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and presently to the DOH (per Executive
Order No. 188 dated March 24, 2003). These changes have affected the smooth and successful implementation of the population program.
Nevertheless, POPCOM in collaboration with the various population
stakeholders, continue to pursue the integration of the population dimension in the development efforts of the country. The population policy of the Arroyo Administration is responsible parenthood for
sustainable development. Responsible parenthood is the will and ability to respond to the needs and aspirations of the family and the children.
The population program aims to contribute to better quality of life to
Filipinos which would mean better reproductive health, attainment of population outcomes that are in harmony with available resources and reduction in population and inequalities in human development opportunities.