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POPCOM-6 holds regional forum on population, dev’t

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By Leonard T. Pineda, I (JBG/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Various stakeholders from government agencies, local government units, academe, and the media participated in the regional forum on World Population Day (WPD) held here on July 30.

This activity, spearheaded by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-6, was in line with the commemoration of WPD held every July 11.

POPCOM-6 regional director Harold Alfred Marshall said POPCOM, with its partner agencies and advocates, has been actively pushing for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action.

“We, at POPCOM, are always proactive in the delivery of the goals of the ICPD especially in the promotion of family planning and adolescent sexual and reproductive health as population and development integration strategies especially now that we are working towards the attainment of our demographic dividend,” he said.

During the forum, talks on the Philippine Report on the implementation of the ICPD Program of Action, Western Visayas’ Health Outcomes and its Contributions to Population and Development, and Ambisyon Natin 2040 and its relevance to population and development were conducted.

He said POPCOM is also celebrating this year its golden anniversary as the lead government agency in population management program.

The ICPD which took place in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 was the largest inter-governmental conference on population and development ever held, with 179 governments participating and some 11,000 registered participants.

The said conference adopted the program of action (PoA) by consensus, which emphasized the fundamental role of women’s interests in population matters and introduced concepts of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.