Grant Giving Guidelines
PCPD’s contribution to development follows two tracks:
- to promote a better understanding of popdev among various publics to improve policies and programs toward balanced growth vis-à-vis resources; and
to help reduce population growth through informed and responsible decisionmaking among couples, especially among the young.
Promote population and development perspectives toward balanced growth
The popdev perspective is a way of thinking and analyzing that consciously takes into account the interactions among population and other development concerns.
PCPD seeks to promote a better appreciation and understanding of popdev among our local government executives, development planners, workers and the general public. Hopefully, with a broader lens for analyzing development problems, better solutions to manage population growth will be crafted.
Help reduce population growth
The growth of the country’s population, which in 2007 stands at 88.57 million, can be credited to three reasons: (1) unwanted fertility, at 16 percent; (2) wanted fertility, 18 percent; and (3) population momentum, 66 percent.
The largest contributor to population growth is population momentum. This is an area where PCPD would like to make a significant investment. The problem of population momentum can be addressed by increasing the gap between generations either by delayed marriage or childbearing. This will require investments in human development, particularly in basic education and providing employment opportunities for women. The other approach to addressing population momentum is to promote birth spacing. The youth, being the major players in this momentum, will be a major target for intervention.
PCPD will also support projects that address unwanted fertility and preference for large families by providing accurate information to empower couples to make informed decisions with regard to their family size. Support for service delivery will only be for pilot or modeling projects that aim to test the sustainability of service delivery approaches. PCPD will continue to fund projects that promote natural family planning to level the playing field of choices available to couples.
PCPD will respect the right of couples to make informed and responsible choices.
Herrin,Alejandro N. and Marilou P. Costello. Sources of Future Population Growth in the Philippines and Implications for Public Policy. The Population Council. New York.1996.