Advocacy and Technical Assistance 2007

Code:    07-067
Date:    01/02/2007 - 12/31/2007

In 2007, PCPD supported several advocacy projects.  One of which was the dissemination of the results of the study, The Effects of Livelihood Activity on Gender Roles and Fertility Intention: Men and Women in Coastal Areas in Mindanao.  The research, which was shared among local policy makers, academicians and people organization, was conducted by the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU).  Participants to the December 2007 forum in Cagayan De Oro learned that unsustainable and piece-meal economic activities have no significant impact on couple’s family planning decision; but it helped improve the communication between husband and wife on such matter.  Most participants recognized the need to infuse a more participatory approach in livelihood planning and identification and to incorporate a family planning component in livelihood projects.

Another project supported by PCPD was the conduct of a nationwide essay-writing contest on popdev among highschool students. During the first two years of the competition, PCPD partnered with the The Population Commission (POPCOM) and the Department of Education (DepED). In 2007, the contest was launched to know what young people think about the inter-relatedness of population, health and environment, and how it matters to them.  

Besting 17 regional entries, Gilbert G. Ocampo of the Philippine Science Highschool in Leyte wrote that population boom is accompanied by increased demand for natural resources; consequently, people are faced with the predicament of whether to utilize forest areas for housing or to preserve this last frontier. 

Most of the essays echoed the need for the youth to be educated on population issues.  Ocampo emphasized, “Youth like us, especially the elected officers of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), would someday govern the cities and the towns. Education would make us more capable in every area of life including health, employment and economy. [Through this] We might be able to help alleviate poverty [in the future].”