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By Julie Gonzales
To reinforce POPDEV activities, Commission on Population—Region IV (POPCOM IV) created a new pool of trainers. A Basic Demography Training with return   demonstration was conducted among all its staff last July 18-22, 2016 with a purpose to hone skills and create new set of trainers within the office.

Since most of the staffs are newly hired employees, their knowledge regarding POPCOM’s programs is inadequate. The main objective of the training is to integrate new bloods to the program in which they will learn and appreciate about the basic concepts of population, its processes, outcomes and measurements.

Basic Demo

As Population Officers and Workers, they need to know about the population data, its processes and outcomes and the measures used in analyzing data. The programs and projects that they have to implement should be based on the available current data thus the interventions that will be developed suit on the issues that arise from the data.

This is a good example of the training that a population officer and worker need to know and to understand its definition, computation and use. The sole purpose of the training is to educate staffs about Basic Demography. However the participants on the said training had the privilege to undergo Interpersonal Communication Skills (ICS) training.

Equip with new learnings, the newly trained staff of POPCOM IV can be new asset in providing technical assistance to Local Government Unit partners in CALABARZON


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 β€œthe 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.


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