World Population Day set for July 11

The Commission on Population (POPCOM), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will lead the Philippine’s participation in the international celebration of World Population Day on July 11, 2017.

The population day focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. For 2017, the observance banners the theme “ Family Planning: Empowering People; Developing Nations” (Pagpaplano ng Pamilya: Lakas ng Sambayanan; Kaunlaran ng Pamayanan).

For the national celebration, POPCOM will hold a Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) caravan which aims to provide RPFP information and services to around 300 urban poor communities in Quezon City.

These services are Family Planning Counseling, Medical/Dental services, pap smear services, laboratory testing, and provision of commodities such as condoms, pills, injectables, Bilateral Tubal Ligation (BTL) and natural family planning methods.

The caravan will be held simultaneously with similar activities across regions and local government units such as press conferences, fora, media guestings, film showing, provision of Family Planning services, U4U and KATROPA or Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya, among others.

“Investing in Family Planning (FP) is investing in the health and rights of women and couples worldwide. These investments yield economic and other gains that can propel development forward and are thus critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III, MD said.

Chairperson of the POPCOM Board Ernesto Pernia likewise recently emphasized the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law particularly the provision of family planning services as a critical component of economic development in the country.

By 2020, the Philippines is committed to reach an additional 4 to 5 million women and men of reproductive age practicing FP every year. These are new FP acceptors; shifters from traditional to modern FP methods; and re-starters of FP.

This year’s World Population Day coincides with the London Family Planning Summit, the second meeting of the consortium of donors and stakeholders that make up the Family Planning 2020 initiative, which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020. In 2015, approximately 12.7 million adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in developing countries had an unmet demand for family planning. (Press Release)

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