PCPD Advocacy and Technical Assistance

Code:    09-085
Date:    01/02/2009 - 12/31/2009

Achieving a balance between population and resources continues to be the main advocacy of PCPD.  Enabling couples and individuals to have access to a wide range of family planning information and methods and plan the number of children that they can raise responsibly is a way to achieve such balance.  In this context, the Foundation advocated the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill which recognizes the right to life and informed choice. 

Reaching out to the legislators, media and the public, PCPD supported crowd-drawing events like the “Light a Candle” that called attention to 4,500 mothers dying annually due to pregnancy and related complications; and the “State of the Nanay Address,” a spoof of the State of the Nation Address, dramatizing the plight of women and mothers due to lack of effective RH program and services.  These activities were organized by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation and the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network. Other advocacy projects supported were RH fairs, concert, exhibit, walkathon and fun run to celebrate World Population Day.

PCPD also convened a series of meetings with legislators and business leaders and attended congressional and senate hearings on the RH bill.

Banking on the effectiveness of traditional media in terms of audience reach, the Foundation partnered with Campaigns and Grey to produce a 30-second radio plug on communication between parents and children concerning sexuality education and placed six print ads calling on legislators to pass the RH bill.  One ad highlighted the Guttmacher Report that if unintended pregnancies were prevented, maternal deaths and abortion could be prevented as well.  Legislators received postcard versions of these ads.

PCPD supported the 15th anniversary celebration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the Cinie Indie: A National Short Film Competition on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The ICPD@15 national conference, organized by the Commission on Population,  drew recommendations from various organizations, such as enactment of laws on population and RH, mainstreaming the integration of  ICDP commitments and MDGs in all their development initiatives, continuing work of CSOs as catalysts and instruments for promoting education and empowerment, and strengthening the efforts of the private sector to improve the working conditions of women, men and youth in the workplace.

The film competition conducted by the Forum for Family Planning and Development filtered 23 entries that zoomed in on education, environment, poverty, and gender role and equality, among other topics.  More than 1,200 people attended the screening.  For the Documentary Category the winners are: “Gera wo Gutasan (War and Hunger)”/Nerve Macaspac and Herb Valencia, “Sawang Calero”/Tessa Villegas and “Kakasa Ka ba?”/Meryl Rose Asa.  “Recess”/Ramon Mapa and “Yaw Yaw”/Idden de los Reyes were awarded under the Short Feature Category. “Mga Damgo”/Remton Zuasola bagged the award for the Animation Category.

The Foundation printed two policy briefs: “Young Population Matters – More is not Necessarily Merrier!,” and “Integrating Population Management and Coastal Resource Management”; and a monograph on “Lessons from a Failure: Natural Family Planning in an Urban Poor Community.”  It also supported the publication of the 2009 Philippine Population Review by the Philippine Population Association and a compendium of natural family planning articles entitled ”Natural Family Planning: Values, Issues and Practices” by the Xavier Science Foundation and the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture.