The State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR) is an attempt to identify crucial population constraints to equitable development and to spell out ways to overcome them. Population and development cover many interrelated issues and the government has been responsive to the evolving nature of the policy problems. Consistent with the commitments it made at the ICPD, the government formulated a restatement of the Philippine Population Management Program or PPMP. The primary concerns have been broadened from mere family planning to reproductive health and rights, women empowerment, adolescent health, and children’s rights and welfare.
SPPR1 The State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR) is an attempt to identify crucial population constraints to equitable development and to spell out ways to overcome them. One such constraint is the inability of couples to realize their desired family size.
SPPR2 WE BROUGHT THEM to our world to be the object of our love and responsibility, and our hope for a better world. It is our responsibility to address the needs of today’s youth. They had not chosen to be born, but they need choices to move on to a brighter future.
SPPR3 The State of the Philippine Population Report 2004 entitled “Urbis 5: Making Cities Work” seeks to explain this relationship and recommends responsive policy interventions that, if implemented, would contribute to good governance and the improved quality of life of Filipinos.
SPPR4 This fourth issue of the State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR) attempts to look more deeply into the population and development dimensions of overseas labor migration. How do Filipino international labor movements relate to the population factors and events in the country? Is population a factor in the migrants’ decision to leave and work in foreign lands? And, in turn, how does overseas labor migration affect the population situation in the country? These are some of the questions that SPPR 4 seeks to answer.
SPPR5 For a truly integrated population and development strategy to work, however, the effort has to come not only from POPCOM but from the other concerned agencies and sectors as well. Hence, the fifth issue of the State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR5) focuses on the need for an integrated population health-environment (PHE) approach, and calls on all sectors to come together and consolidate efforts to address these interrelated concerns.
SPPR6 The number of Filipino mothers dying from pregnancy and childbirth continues to rise. The reasons why mothers die range from clinical, physical and geographical to social, cultural, economic and political. With the enactment of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, many of these factors can be addressed. But the mere presence of the law is not enough. There has to be determination and commitment on the part of all stakeholders, a recognition of what needs to be done, and a strong will to create a truly healthy environment for women without the attendant risks of pregnancy and childbirth.