What is PPMP?

The Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) is the Philippine government’s major programmatic response to the country’s international commitment to achieving the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of action (CPD PoA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

What are the legal bases of the PPMP?

The legal basis of the Philippine Population Program is Republic Act 6365, otherwise known as the “Population Act of 1971.” It created the Commission on Population (POPCOM) as an agency to coordinate and monitor population related activities. It was amended in 1972 by Presidential Decree (PD) No. 79.

In 1987 Constitution, Article XV, Section 3.1 says that “The State shall defend the right of the spouses to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions and the demands of responsible parenthood,” and Article II, Section 12 says that, “The State recognize the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and development of moral character that receive the support if the Government.”

PD 79 identified Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning as the basic program of the Philippine Population Program (PPP) that was later renamed as the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).

What is Responsible Parenthood?

Responsible Parenthood, is the will and ability of couples and individuals to respond to the needs and aspirations of the family and children. It promote a shared responsibility of the husband and wife to achieve the desired timing, spacing and number of their children according to their own family aspirations, taking into account psychological preparedness, health status, and their solo-cultural and economic capacities.

What is Family Planning?

Family Planning is a program that enables to deliberately and responsibly decide the number and spacing of their children, by avoiding for the time being, or even for on indefinite period, a birth. It is not a prognosis imposed on the parents but on expression of responsible parenting based on informed choices and decisions of couples to achieve their desired family size based on their social and economic capacity.