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Regional Director's Corner

                   Sir Lyds min

       LYDIO M. ESPAÑOL, JR.
Indeed, 2016 is a challenging year for us. A new administration, under the leadership of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, posed a challenge for the attainment of “zero unmet need for modern family planning” to all concerned agencies. This challenge is for the full implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 otherwise known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. Unmet need for modern family planning refers to women capable of becoming pregnant and giving birth who are not using contraception but wish to postpone their next childbirth or stop childbearing altogether.

As the lead agency in implementing the Philippine Population Management Program in Regions IV-CALABARZON, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region IV is ready to take the challenge.

This website showcases the various demand generation activities, which include orientations and trainings of POPCOM Region IV for its Local Government Units, partner agencies and civil society organizations.

There are a number of ways to respond to President Duterte's directive and these activities are just some of them. Although trials and hurdles are very much a part of the journey towards success, POPCOM Region IV, being an organization that works for the empowerment of Filipino families, is ready to face this task head on.

Let's continue to empower more Filipino families and communities!

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Seventeen heads of state including the Philippine President signed the United Nations Declaration on Population which stressed: The Population problem must be recognized as a principal element in long-range planning, if governments are to achieve their economic goals and fulfill the aspirations of their people.

The Philippine Population Program was officially launched through the Executive Order No. 233. The Commission on Population (POPCOM) was mandated to serve as the central coordinating and policy making body of the government in the field of population.

Republic Act 6365, known as the Population Act of the Philippines was enacted into law by Congress.

Presidential Decree 79 was signed directing public and private sectors to undertake a National Family Planning Program which respects the religious beliefs and values of individuals.

Presidential Decree 166 further strengthened the Program. It required the participation of private organizations and individuals in the formulation and implementation of population programs and policies.

Executive Order No. 123 attached POPCOM to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the planning and coordinating agency.

Policy statement under the Aquino Administration was issued by the POPCOM Board which states: "the ultimate goal of the Population Program is the improvement of the quality of human life in a just and humane society... The achievement of this goal requires a recognition of the close interrelationships among population, resources and environmental factors."

Executive Order No. 408, was issued placing POPCOM under the Office of the President in order to "facilitate coordination of policies and programs relative to population."

Executive Order No. 476 was issued making POPCOM an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority.

Adoption of the Philippine Population Management Program and the Population, Resources and Environment Framework by the Ramos Administration.

The Estrada Administration reformulated the Philippine Population Management Program with Responsible Parenthood as its lynchpin.

On March 24, 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 188 attaching POPCOM to the Department of Health.

In a Statement of Support, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo joined "the community of nations in expressing support for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)."? The statement also reiterated the principles that guide the Philippine government in the implementation of population program. These principles are based on the four (4) pillars of Responsible Parenthood, Respect for Life, Birth Spacing, and Informed Choice. Health services, including Reproductive Health services, are devolved by the Local Government Code to the local government units. Local Government Units have the responsibility of providing couples and individuals with information and services to enable them to exercise Responsible Parenthood.

On October 10, 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued guidelines and directive for the DOH, POPCOM, and local government units to take full charge of the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Program. The Responsible Parenthood and Natural Family Planning Program 's primary policy objective is to promote natural family planning, birth spacing (three years birth spacing) and breastfeeding which are good for the health of the mother, child, family, and community. While LGUs can promote artificial family planning because of local autonomy, the national government advocates natural family planning.

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