The goal of the Philippine Population Management
Program is to help the country achieve a sustainable population
level, structure, distribution and quality in order to
empower Filipinos to acquire a better quality of life
both within the family and the society at large.
program is guided by certain principles about human life,
marriage, family, and environment, as provided for in the
Philippine Constitution and embedded in our religious and
and Principles of the PPMP
Respect for the sanctity of human life and the rejection
life is a gift from God. Our respect for the sanctity
of human life is paramount and non-negotiable. We are
clearly against abortion as a method of family planning.
Our Constitution and laws rule out abortion. The Philippine
government will stand by this.
The family as the center of all development efforts
of the government
Filipino family remains the foundation of all our strivings
for development. While the family is a valuable resource
by which we can achieve our development goals, beyond
and above all that, the family is the primary reason for
government initiatives in human development. Socio-economic
development efforts are directed toward human development.
Marriage as the foundation of the family
between man and woman is and will remain an inviolable
social institution in Philippine society as provided for
in our Constitution. Marriage shall be protected by the
State and shall be the foundation of the family.
Respect for freedom of conscience, religious convictions,
and the right to choose
freedom of conscience does not flow only in our Constitution.
It also rings loud and clear in the Holy Book and the
Koran. The government policy to provide information to
the family as the basis in planning how to live and grow
springs from our respect for the freedom of conscience
and human life. As mandated by the Constitution, the State
shall defend the right of the spouses to found a family
in accordance with their religious convictions and the
demands of responsible parenthood.
Respect for the environment
consonance with the Philippine Environmental Policy (PD
1151) and with Philippine Agenda 21, the PPMP recognizes
the need for a harmonious relationship between man and
nature, so that the present and coming generations of
Filipinos can be assured of environmental quality conducive
to a life of dignity and well-being.
the goal of attaining a sustainable population level,
structure, distribution, quality and the improvement of
the quality of life, the PPMP is pursuing the following
strategies based on these interventions:
couples and individuals achieve their own reproductive
Studies have shown that majority of our couples
would like to have no more children, or would like
to space the births of their children, consistent
with their religious beliefs. However, they are not
able to do this due to lack of services.
the status of women through equal access to education
and employment opportunities
A woman who is educated and gainfully employed
commands more respect, particularly from her spouse.
men's increased participation in childcare and housework
While women have largely increased their participation
in the productive sphere and now contribute to the
family income, there is a commensurate need to increase
male participation in the domestic sphere.
the needs of the youth related to adolescent sexuality
With the youth comprising almost 50 percent of
our current population, the program needs to be sensitive
to their needs, particularly ensuring the promotion
of responsible sexuality and later marriages.
of population and development planning,
particularly ensuring that demographic factors
are considered in all development plans, particularly
in land use and physical framework plans.
Areas of the Program
Policy and Research
undertakes researches in support of policy, program, and
project development. It has MIS units in all its regional
population offices tasked with gathering and analyzing
information that can be fed into its planning system.
Policy initiatives are supported by advocacy activities
of its Information Management and Research Division.
ensure the inclusion of population concerns at the macro-
and micro-policy and planning levels, capability-building
efforts have been undertaken by POPCOM, directed at national
and local executives, legislators, and development planners.
the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA),
POPCOM is currently undertaking the project "PopDev
Planning at the Local Level" to strengthen the operationalization
of PopDev planning among local government units (LGUs).
POPCOM Central Office and the regional technical staff
will perform an important part in the land use planning
process with the integration of PopDev planning into the
Communications for Population Management
functional P-R-E awareness is crucial in ensuring the
position of population management in both national and
local development programs. POPCOM's emphasis is on the
population-resources and population-environment aspects
of the framework. Advocacy is undertaken through various
POPCOM activities such as discussion fora, publications,
and networking actiivities.
Family Planning/Reproductive Health
Department of Health (DOH) has reoriented its Family Planning
program using the Reproductive Health approach. Women's
health issues are addressed in its entirety, e.g., maternal
and child health, adolescent health, infertility, HIV/AIDS,
nutrition, etc. POPCOM, through its regional offices,
in coordination with the DOH, Depatment of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG), local population offices
and health offices, will ensure that information on FP
and RH are readily available.
Gender Equity and Women Empowerment
if not engendered, is endangered." POPCOM goes by
the dictum and strives to promote awareness on gender
issues by providing technical assistance to all sectors
through its policy studies and advocacy campaigns.
Commission believes that genuine development can only
be attained by empowering women -- recognizing the important
role they play in the nation's development efforts.
Adolescent Health and Youth Development
is such an awkward stage in a person's transition that
parents find it difficult to deal with their children,
and vice-versa, regarding the physiological, mental and
emotional changes teenagers go through. The resulting
communication gap poses a plethora of juvenile anxieties
that are so complex that no sector can address these concerns
its Adolescent and Youth Development program, POPCOM
is bringing together people from all sectors -- service
organizations in the social development sector, legislators
and local executives, church-based groups, business,
parents, media, and the youth -- to develop and implement
a national program for the youth.
IEC campaign is being carried out to address youth-oriented
issues and related concerns such as gender equity and
women empowerment, population and sustainable development,
maturity, environment, reproductive health rights, and
Institutional Machinery Behind the Program
while under the coordination of the Commission on Population,
is a multi-agency, multi-sectoral effort. As the lead
coordinator, POPCOM monitors the performance of participating
agencies in relation to fulfilling their commitment
to the program. While partner agencies may have direct
services, the key links to the general public are through
local government units, non-governmental and people's
organizations. As a necesary part of the program's strategies,
building up the capabilities of their partners in the
field are to be undertaken. These include PopDev Planning
at the Local Level, Advocacy Skills Development Training,
Gender Sensitivity, and Information Management.
all these plans, actions, and coordination efforts, the
PPMP hopes to achieve an ideal balance among population,
resources, and environment that will help sustain the
country's development through time, for the generations