POPDEV Undersecretary Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III at the 55th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development. POPCOM FILE PHOTO

POPCOM chief: Gains, losses mark PHL’s march in achieving SDGs

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unmistakable demarcation line in the country’s progress for attaining the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite the current administration’s amplified efforts on sexual and reproductive health rights and services (SRHRS) as well as population and development (POPDEV) figuring prominently its 10-point socioeconomic agenda.

A view of the opening of the 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development, CPD55 (25-29 April) on the theme “Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth”. Seated at dais are, from left to right: Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Enrique A. Manalo, chair of the 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development and Permanent Representative of Philippines to the United Nations; and Cherith Norman Chalet, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management.

UPPI prof: PHL’s window on demographic opportunity closing fast

The Philippines is in an ideal position to achieve its much-pursued demographic dividend in the near future, but needs to improve on some socioeconomic preconditions before its window of opportunity closes soon.
This was revealed by Prof. Michael del Mundo of the UP-Population Institute (UPPI) in an online presentation during the Joint Side Event of the 55th United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development summit (CPD 55) on April 21.

POPCOM: Next admin should continue to fuel FP’s momentum


With about a month to go before the national and local elections, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) strongly advocates for the next administration’s continuity of the country’s family planning program, as more Filipinos in recent years appreciate its concept and embrace its benefits.