Advocacy/Dialogues with Media, Business, Government, and Civil Society: Series of 2002/2003

Code:    02-015
Date:    01/01/2002 - 12/31/2002

In line with PCPD's information and research-based advocacy program and its constituency- building program for population and development (popdev), the Foundation organized fora/dialogues with various groups. This strategy facilitated the presentation of recent research on popdev and spawned intelligent discussions on various popdev issues. Participants included media practitioners, representatives of the business community and government, and civil society development workers.

The first dialogue held in year 2002 was on the issue of population and housing. A total of 24 participants from different sectors attended the April 30,2002 dialogue. As a result, articles on the topic were written in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 2,2002 issue; the Business World, May 2, 2002 issue, and May 10-11,2002 issue.

The second dialogue was held on September 13, 2002 and tackled the issue of population and food security. There were 30 participants from various sectors. The full report of Dr. Bruce Tolentino was published in the Manila Times, September 14,2002 issue.

On October 29,2002, PCPD co-sponsored a "Forum on Population Management", which was organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Philippines Inc. Senator Mechai Viravaidya, chair of the Population and Community Development Association of Bangkok was the guest speaker. Representatives frorm the business and population community were invited.

The final dialogue organized by PCPD for the year 2002 was held on November 21, 2002 on the issue of Population and Basic Education. Dr. Alejandro Herrin presented his paper to 18 participants composed of educators, businessmen, media practitioners, and representatives from government and civil society. An article entitled "High Drop Out Rate, A Concern for Education" was published in the Business World, January 10-11,2003 as a result of this dialogue.

In aid of popdev advocacy and to gain more visibility for the work of the Foundation, PCPD contracted the services of ISLA Channel through the Association of Foundations to develop an audiovisual production (documentary) on PCPD.

The balance of project funds for 2002 was used for activities in 2003, particularly in funding the cost of resource persons for the population and development briefings for the PCCI.