THE Philippines has committed to fully implement reproductive health and population-related policies to reduce poverty and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia made the commitment at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action in Nairobi.
Pernia said fully implementing the reproductive health and population-related policies will help meet the poverty target of 14 percent by 2022 and the SDGs by 2030.
“We want to ensure that every pregnancy and every birth is wanted and that every Filipino is able to contribute productively to national development,” Pernia said.
“All our unified efforts to carry out the ICPD agenda are spelled out in our Philippine Development Plan [PDP] 2017-2022,” he added.
Apart from this, the Philippines also commits to accelerate efforts to reach and optimize the demographic dividend.
This will be met by scaling up maternal and infant health programs in the first