PCPD Advocacy/Dialogues: Series of 2004

Code:    04-037
Date:    01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004

A keen focus of PCPD in 2004 was its advocacy with the business community.

The Foundation prepared and paid for the publication of a statement signed by some of the business leaders in the country calling on Her Excellency President Gloria Macapacal-Arroyo to lead the nation in tackling the issue of rapid population growth. The declaration was published in the Philippine Star on October 18, 2004 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 19, 2004. Thirty-five of the top business personalities in the country signed the statement.

The statament was an outcome of a series of dialogues with the business community co-sponsored with the Commission on Population (PopCom) in the context of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the ICPD Program of Action.

Another activity with the business community in 2004 was the co-sponsorship of the Industry Forum on Family Planning and Health in the Workplace held in November 2004 by the Pasig Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Supporting this activity was in line with the aim of the Foundation to encourage companies to take action, in relation to population and development, within their immediate realm of influence through maternal and child health programs within their companies.

Business leaders and  legislators had a dinner-dialogue on the population issue in January 2005.

PCPD believes that the youth should be actively involved in the discussions and formulation of development policies and programs. In this regard, PCPD supported a project, Youth-Union towards Economic Development (Youth-UNITED) which brought together student leaders from different schools in the country to a three-day youth camp to discuss economic issues and their relationships to population, migration and other factors. The youth leaders produced policy papers on economic issues. Prior to the youth camp, the student leaders had been formed into research groups that crafted research-based position papers for presentation during the assembly. Another output of the project was a magazine which featured the youth camp and the research papers and policy recommendations.

This undertaking was in partnership with the Department of Economics of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Junior Philippine Economics Society, and the Philippine Council of Economics Students.