Dissemination and Validation of the Study on Population Growth-Poverty Nexus: Evidence from the Philippines

Code:    08-077
Date:    01/15/2008 - 12/31/2008

This project is an inroad to influencing local governments to consider population management as part of good governance, to disabuse the minds of local officials about the need for a larger population in order to benefit from Internal Revenue Allocations (IRA), and to integrate population initiatives in programs and projects to enhance citizen’s well being.

These are the specific objectives of the project: (1) Promote among Local Government Units (LGUs) the findings of the study “Population-Growth-Poverty Nexus Evidence from the Philippines”; (2) Conduct policy inventory and analysis of provincial and city ordinances on population management; (3) Design and promote an LGU strategy framework for population management; and (4) Identify, select and document best practices of LGUs on population management. 

Its key outputs are:  (1) Three regional consultations/workshops on the above-cited study; (2) Inventory of provincial and city ordinances and programs on population management; and (3) Framework for a population management strategy for LGUs to strengthen partnership of LGUs with other government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, donor agencies and the private sector. 

Funding for other deliverables such as documentation of best practices and population management conference will come from other sources. 

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) provides technical and administrative assistance to the project. 

How the project contributes to the goal of PCPD: 

Working closely with LGUs, particularly in integrating population management in their plans and programs and in developing project models for replication, is a priority advocacy strategy of PCPD. 

Through this project, LGUs will come to recognize the merit of the above-cited study that working towards youth population reduction will result in improved well-being of its populace, greater faith on good governance, and less dependence on IRA.