President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has repeatedly declared as a national policy and priority strategy the intensified implementation of National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP).
For this purpose, he strategically and explicitly included the full implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 or the “Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act” as one of his socio-economic agenda.
The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2017-2022 has likewise included the achievement of demographic dividend as a key strategy in harnessing the country’s growth potential.
Furthermore, President Duterte issued Executive Order No. 12 entitled “Attaining and Sustaining ‘Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning’ Through the Strict Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, Providing Funds Therefor, and for other Purposes in January of 2017. The Order mandates the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other relevant agencies, including local government units (LGUs), to attain and sustain zero unmet need for modern family planning.
During the 35th Cabinet Meeting (March 4, 2019), President Duterte and the members of the Cabinet further reiterated such priority program by approving and mandating relevant agencies in the aggressive and intensified implementation of the NPPFP.
The implementation of this priority strategy entails the mobilization and full participation of LGUs particularly in the delivery of the full range of family planning information and services especially among the marginalized and under-served population.